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James Ehnes playing the violin

James Ehnes Plays Barber

Wed, Oct 18–Sat, Oct 21, 2023 Roy Thomson Hall

One of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s 2023/24 Spotlight Artists, GRAMMY® Award–winning violinist James Ehnes headlines a spirited program celebrating two monumental 20th-century American works. Both Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto and Leonard Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story rely upon lush melodies, passages of tender lyricism, and percussive interludes. The performance also features The Prairies by composer Karen Sunabacka, inspired by nature and her Métis heritage; Ehnes’s take on the virtuosic third movement of French-Cuban composer José White Lafitte’s Violin Concerto in F-sharp minor (a rarely used key); and the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Sensemayá by Mexico’s Silvestre Revueltas.



Adagio for Strings


Violin Concerto

White Lafitte

Violin Concerto – Mvt. III

Karen Sunabacka

The Prairies





Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

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Gustavo Gimeno


James Ehnes

violin (2023/24 TSO Spotlight Artist)
James Ehnes Plays Barber is Part of

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