Stefan to tour with the Russian National Orchestra, March 2-9, 2016

February 18, 2016

This March, Stefan will embark on a seven-city tour with the Russian National Orchestra, including his Carnegie Hall main stage debut on March 2nd, performing Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor under the baton of Mikhail Pletnev. Kirill Karabits will conduct the remaining six dates, with stops in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and four performances in Florida. In addition to the Prokofiev, Jackiw will also play Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.

Of the Prokofiev concerto, Stefan says: “Prokofiev’s G minor concerto puts the listener ill at ease right from the start, and this dark and unsettling quality drives the piece throughout all three movements. Even during more lyrical sections, such as the sweet Juliet-themed second melody in the first movement, the underlying orchestral harmonies are tortured and gnarled, twisting a knife into the sweetness…For me, this music is quintessentially Prokofiev. The duality of the delicate tenderness and dark, even theatrical, menace is everywhere in this violin concerto.”

This tour follows his triumphant performances of the Charles Ives violin sonatas with Jeremy Denk this past November, which were hailed by The New York Times as “a model of how performers can both inform and entertain an audience with a challenging program.”

 

TOUR SCHEDULE 

March 2: Carnegie Hall, New York, NY – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

March 3: Penn State, University Park, PA – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

March 4: Grand Opera House, Wilmington, DE – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

March 6: Indian River, Vero Beach, Fl – Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64

March 7: Kravis Center, West Palm, FL – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

March 8: Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Sarasota, FL – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor

March 9: Phillips Center, Gainesville, FL – Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor