Avery Fisher Prize-winner Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time, whose combination of flawless technique with inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his legacy as an American master. Shaham brings to life Prokofiev's Second Violin Concerto, with its vibrant touches of Russian and Spanish folk culture.
Highlighting this worldly program is the Gamelan Sekar Jaya ensemble performing a work on traditional Balinese gamelans. Then, Britten's only ballet, written after he visited the island of Bali. The colorful Prince of the Pagodas, with its finely woven timbre of the gamelan, evokes an exotic whimsy of the tropics.