violin concerto no. 2
Duration ca. 20'
Commissioned by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Co-Commissioned by the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.
Premiered by Dallas Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jaap Van Zweden, soloist Alexander Kerr, Dalls, TX, May 24-26, 2018.
Other Performances: Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Stuart Malina, soloist Alexander Kerr, May 18-19, 2019.
Tuneful, toe-tapping, vividly rhythmic, the Leshnoff [Violin Concerto No. 2] is a most appealing work: neoclassical Stravinsky meets Samuel Barber meets minimalism... it was a showpiece for DSO concertmaster Alexander Kerr, who played with the utmost tonal finesse, sweetly singing phrases balancing flawless virtuosity.
—Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News, May 25, 2018
At 20 minutes, Leshnoff’s Violin Concerto No. 2 is a nearly perfect marriage of form and content, with an unfailingly palatable harmonic and melodic language.
—Wayne Lee Gay, Texas Classical Review, May 25, 2018