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Monday, January 15 at 7:30pm

The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts

Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Craig Morris, trumpet

Gerard Schwarz, conductor

Following his performance with the Symphony that was livestreamed to remote viewers during the pandemic, violin virtuoso Pinchas Zuckerman returns to perform three lush and joyful works: Tchaikovsky’s melodic Sérénade mélancolique and that composer’s sentimental “Mélodie” from Souvenir d’un lieu cher paired with Mozart’s buoyant Violin Concerto No. 3 “Strassburg.” This uplifting concert on Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday opens with Hailstork’s inspirational Four Hymns Without Words and culminates with Sibelius’ majestic and powerful Symphony No. 2.

With a celebrated career encompassing five decades, Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today's most sought after and versatile musicians - violin and viola soloist, conductor, and chamber musician.  He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone, and impeccable musicianship, which can be heard throughout his discography of over 100 albums for which he gained two GRAMMY awards and 21 nominations. This season’s highlights include performances with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Deutche Radio Philharmonie, Mannheimer Philharmoniker, Adelaide Symphony, Orchestre National de Lyon and the Valencia, Sinfonia Varsovia and Castille y Leon orchestras of Spain. Chamber music concerts take place in Japan, Italy, France, Germany and the United States. He and cellist Amanda Forsyth collaborate with friends and colleagues the Jerusalem String Quartet in sextet programs offered in both Israel and the US. The Los Angeles Times reported, “Zukerman again seemed the forever-young virtuoso: expressively resourceful, infectiously musical, technically impeccable, effortless. As usual, it was a joy to be in his musical company.”


Adolphus Hailstork

Four Hymns Without Words  


Sérénade mélancolique


“Mélodie” from Souvenir d’un lieu cher


Violin Concerto No. 3 “Strassburg”


Symphony No. 2

This evening was generously underwritten by John D. Herrick

Grammy nominated trumpet soloist, Craig Morris, is a versatile performer comfortable in all genres of music from Baroque to Contemporary. Regarded as a leading proponent for new music and original programming, Morris received a 2019 Grammy Nomination in the Best Classical Instrumental Solo category for his album Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square, released on Bridge Records and featuring the music of Philip Glass. Morris has also recently premiered major pieces by two leading American composers: a major new concerto by Joel Puckett titled The Fifteenth Night of the Moonand also The Lightning Fields, a major new work for trumpet and piano by Michael Daugherty. Mr. Morris is featured in two solo recordings on the Naxos label: Concerto for Trumpet and Winds by Thom Sleeper (also written for Morris) on the album Reflections, and his acclaimed debut solo album Permit Me Voyage, featuring his own original transcriptions of music by Debussy, Schumann, Brahms, and Barber.

Mr. Morris has an active recital touring schedule, performing at universities and concert venues across the country. Morris has also been featured as a soloist with ensembles and festivals around the world, including appearances with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Palm Beach Symphony, and the National Trumpet Competition to name a few. Morris has also appeared at leading festivals including The Seminar for Advanced Studies at Chosen Vale in New Hampshire, Instrumenta Oaxaca, in Oaxaca, Mexico, the Schagerl Brass Festival, in Melk, Austria, the Blekinge International Brass Institute, in Karlskrona, Sweden, and the Beijing Modern Music Festival in Beijing, China.

Prior to his work as a soloist, Morris first gained an international reputation by being appointed Principal Trumpet of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by music director Daniel Barenboim, following the legendary Adolph “Bud” Herseth in that chair. Prior to that Morris was the Associate Principal Trumpet of the San Francisco Symphony, appointed to that chair by music director Michael Tilson Thomas. Still active as an orchestral performer, Mr. Morris has served as guest principal trumpet with the St. Louis Symphony, the Swedish Radio Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, the Jacksonville Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, and the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego. Since 2007, Mr. Morris has been the principal trumpet of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, the world’s leading orchestral new music festival, where he has worked closely with some of the leading composers of our time.

Currently based in Miami, Florida, Craig Morris is the Trumpet Professor at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. He has been a Yamaha Artist since 2015.

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