Princeton Symphony Orchestra features violinist Stefan Jackiw

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The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents concert performances of Beethoven’s Second Symphony with violinist Stefan Jackiw on March 21-22. at Princeton University.

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra presents concert performances of Beethoven’s Second Symphony with violinist Stefan Jackiw on March 21-22.

The performance with Jackiw is set to take place on the Richardson Auditorium stage at Princeton University in Princeton. The concert on March 21 begins at 8 p.m. The performance on March 22 will kick off at 4 p.m.

The PSO presents orchestral, pops, and chamber music programs of the highest artistic quality, supported by lectures and related events that supplement the concert experience.

“I am incredibly excited to welcome this formidable artist to our stage. He truly is one of the extraordinary violinists active today,” PSO Executive Director Marc Uys said.

According to PSO officials, ticket prices range from $30 to $100.

Jackiw will perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor on a program with the US premiere of Princeton-based compose Julian Grant’s work and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36 in honor of the composer’s 250th birthday.

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto was written for his friend and fellow musician German violinist Ferdinand David in 1844, and considered his last great work.

Grant has composed 20 operas which have been performed by English National Opera, The Royal Opera, Almeida Opera, Mecklenburgh Opera, and Tétè-a-Tétè, and has won the National Opera Association of America’s New Opera prize and been nominated for an Olivier Award.

Recent premieres include a work for Buskaid Soweto Strings, based on dances by the 18th century British-African Ignatius Sancho, and a new collaboration with pianist Melvyn Tan.

For the 2019-20 season, he has a US premiere with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra and a new piece, Jump Cuts, composed for the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

According to PSO officials, Edward T. Cone Music Director Rossen Milanov will conduct the concert performance.

Officials added that Jackiw is one of America’s foremost violinists, captivating audiences with playing that combines poetry and purity with an impeccable technique.

He has appeared as soloist with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco symphony orchestras, among others, and performed in numerous important festivals and concert series, including the Aspen Music Festival.

Born to physicist parents of Korean and German descent, Stefan Jackiw began playing the violin at the age of four.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard University, as well as an Artist Diploma from the New England Conservatory, and is the recipient of a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant.

For more information about tickets for this concert and other PSO Classical Series concerts, visit www.princetonsymphony.org or call 609-497-0020.