2019-20 Season Highlights

Jonathan Leshnoff looks forward to many new artistic collaborations and performances of his work in the 2019-20 season. Leshnoff's concerto with Joyce Yang has its premiere this season, with the Kansas City Symphony leading the way and several other orchestras co-commissioning the concerto. Leshnoff also adds another major symphonic work to his cannon, commissioned by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic in commemoration of the Oklahoma City bombing's 25th anniversary; the work will have its premiere in collaboration with the Oklahoma City National Memorial in February 2020. Other season highlights include a new chamber orchestra overture with the IRIS Orchestra, a performance of the new chamber orchestra transcription of Leshnoff's Guitar Concerto with Jason Vieaux and the New Mexico Philharmonic, and performances of Leshnoff's music by Orli Shaham with the Pacific Symphony's Café Ludwig Chamber Series and orchestras including the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Symphony, Greenwich Village Orchestra, Northern Tier Symphony Orchestra, and Susquehanna Symphony Orchestra. Following the major acclaim with his recent Naxos CD release, the New West Symphony will perform Leshnoff’s fourth symphony featuring the Violins of Hope in LA in April. Leshnoff also continues this season as composer-in-residence with the Fairfax and Harrisburg symphony orchestras.

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Sarah Dinin
2018-2019 Season Highlights

The 2018-2019 concert season will include world premieres by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with cellist Johannes Moser; the start of a new multi-year residency with the Fairfax Symphony; and performances with orchestras including the Harrisburg, Kalamazoo, and Nashville Symphony Orchestras. In spring 2019, the Nashville Symphony will release an all-Leshnoff CD under the Naxos label. 

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Mattie Kaiser
Rave Reviews for Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto No. 2

On Maestro Jaap van Zweden’s final concerts as Music Director, the Dallas Symphony premiered Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto No. 2 with its concertmaster, Alexander Kerr, as soloist. The piece has been hailed as an exciting new addition to the violin repertoire. The work will have its next commissioned performance with the Harrisburg Symphony in May 2019.

“Tuneful, toe-tapping, vividly rhythmic, the Leshnoff is a most appealing work…”

—Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, May 25, 2018

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Mattie Kaiser
Premiere of Rogue Sparks by Rogue Valley Symphony February 16-18, 2018

Commissioned by the Rogue Valley Symphony for their 50th Anniversary.

Conducted by Martin Majkut

“The world premiere of Jonathan Leshnoff’s Rogue Sparks was a beautiful and exciting piece that engaged every instrument of the orchestra. Just five minutes in length, the music conjured color, sparks and flames of fire brilliant against the night sky. Strings bantered with brass and percussion, seamlessly playing against each other.”

Mail Tribune, February 18, 2018

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Symphony No. 4, “Hechailos” to be premiered by Nashville Symphony Orchestra March 22-24 2018

Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, this piece is based on an ancient Jewish mystical text called a Hechailos, which describes a mystic’s journey through a meditative pass way to get closer to God’s presence.

The piece will be recorded for commercial release in addition to the Guitar Concerto.

March 22-24, 2018 • Nashville • Conducted by Giancarlo Guerrero

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