Performance Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 8 PM

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is one of his most beloved works, a masterpiece enriched by beautiful melodies and devilishly virtuosic passages. Gil Shaham, called “the outstanding American violinist of his generation” (TIME) is the soloist in this work that is a cornerstone of his career.


  • Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    Zubin Mehta, Music Director and Conductor
  • Gil Shaham, Violin


  • WEBER Overture to Oberon
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
  • SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9, "Great"

At a Glance

Schubert’s Ninth Symphony—a nearly lost masterpiece accidentally discovered by Robert Schumann—is the composer’s greatest large-scale work and the progenitor of symphonies by Mahler and Bruckner. It picks up where Beethoven left off with his own Ninth Symphony, inaugurating a new world of emotion and harmony. Considered diffuse and unplayable for many years, it is now a beloved part of the repertory, combining the intimacy of Schubert’s songs with epic structures. Weber’s delicate overture to Oberon is also a late work that inaugurated novel harmonies and atmospheres. Important in a different way is Tchaikovsky’s only Violin Concerto, the first of the classical Russian violin concertos and the forerunner of concertos by Prokofiev, Shostakovich, and others. It is a brilliant virtuoso showpiece crammed with some of Tchaikovsky’s most beguiling melodies.
This performance is part of Orchestral Masterworks.