Waltz into Spring with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Violinist Itamar Zorman at Spring Celebration!

Posted by: Beth Wakefield - March, 10th 2020 @ 12:10 pm

Waltz into Spring with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Violinist Itamar Zorman at Spring Celebration!


Israeli violin virtuoso Itamar Zorman makes his debut with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra as he performs Dvořák’s Bohemian inspired Violin Concerto. Itamar Zorman is one of the most soulful, evocative, artists of his generation, distinguished by his gripping performances and gift for musical storytelling. Since his emergence with the top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikosvsky Competition, he has wowed audiences all over the world with breathtaking style, causing one critic to declare him a “young badass who’s not afraid of anything.” His youthful intensity and achingly beautiful sound shine through in every performance, earning him the title of the “virtuoso of emotions.” The concert also includes Johann Strauss Jr.’s Voices of Spring and Schumann’s highly spirited Spring Symphony.


Wash away those winter blues as we celebrate the arrival of spring at our Spring Celebration concert on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts and Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 7:30 PM at the UIS Performing Arts Center. Both concerts will be followed by a special post-concert reception hosted by the Illinois Symphony Guild of Bloomington-Normal and the Illinois Symphony Guild of Springfield.


Please join Music Director Ken Lam and violinist Itamar Zorman before the concert at our Concert Comments. Concert Comments are Friday, March 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts hosted by Laura Kennedy, WGLT Arts Correspondence and Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM at Sangamon Auditorium hosted by Mark McDonald, Host of Illinois Stories of WSEC/PBS Springfield.


Get to know Violinist Itamar Zorman and Music Director Ken Lam at a special lunchtime chat hosted by Dr. Yona Stamatis on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in the UIS Student Union Ballroom Lobby. Enjoy this intimate behind-the-scenes experience and special preview performance by Itamar Zorman. Free event to enhance your concert experience!


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Tickets are $21, $42, and $63. Student tickets available for $6 (Age 6-26) with valid Student ID, children 5 and under are free with a paying adult. Senior and group discounts are also available. Tickets may be purchased in Bloomington through the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts at (309) 434-2777 or in Springfield through the UIS Performing Arts Center for Sangamon Auditorium at (217) 206-6160. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or through the ticket office. Senior, group, or student priced tickets are not available online.


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Spring Celebration is sponsored by season sponsor The Landmark Automotive Group, series sponsor Debra & Daniel Brownstone, M.D., concert sponsors Roger & Mary Hunt, Sorling Northrup Attorneys, NPR Illinois 91.9 UIS, and guest artist sponsors Trevor & Liz Orthmann and Steve & Ruth Ann Friedberg.


In the 2019-20 season, Itamar Zorman will make his Atlanta Symphony debut performing the Berg Violin Concerto with Karina Canellakis conducting, appear for the first time with the Illinois Symphony and at the Lakes Area Music Festival, and return to Classical Tahoe and the Ann Arbor Symphony. Recital and chamber music appearances will take him around the country to Dallas, New Orleans, Tallahassee, Hudson Valley, Brattleboro, Laguna Woods, and elsewhere.


He recently released Evocation, an album of Paul Ben-Haim’s works for violin and orchestra, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Philippe Bach on BIS Records to great critical acclaim. His first solo recording, Portrait, features works by Messiaen, Schubert, Chausson, Hindemith, and Brahms and was released by Profil - Editions Günther Hänssler.


In recent years, Itamar Zorman has appeared with major orchestras across four continents - USA, Europe, Asia, and South America - including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, the KBS Symphony, the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, RTE National Symphony Orchestra (Dublin), Het Gelders Orkest, Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic. He has given recitals at Carnegie Hall in the ‘Distinctive Debuts’ series, the Louvre Recital Series in Paris, Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, the Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Muziekgebouw Frits Philips in Eindhoven, the HR-Sendesaal Frankfurt, and the Kolarac Hall in Belgrade; and at festivals including Marlboro, Classical Tahoe, Chamberfest Cleveland, Kronberg Academy, Rheingau, and the Copenhagen Summer Festival. He has also collaborated with a number of legendary artists such as Richard Goode (including performances at Carnegie Hall and Library of Congress) and Mitsuko Uchida.


He is the recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and a Borletti-Buitoni Trust award and, in addition to receiving top prize at the 2011 International Tchaikovsky Competition, other successes include first prize at the 2010 International Violin Competition of Freiburg and at the 2011 Juilliard Berg Concerto Competition.


Described as a “poet of the violin,” Itamar Zorman is also a committed chamber player. He is a founding member of the Israeli Chamber Project and a member of the Lysander Piano Trio, with which he won the 2012 Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prize in the 2011 Coleman Chamber Music Competition, 1st prize in the 2011 Arriaga Competition, and a bronze medal in the 2010 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition.


Itamar plays on a 1734 Guarneri del Gesu, from the collection of Yehuda Zisapel.


The Illinois Symphony Orchestra (ISO), led by acclaimed Music Director Ken Lam, is central Illinois’ largest professional orchestra serving over 30,000 community members with a budget of approximately $1.3 million. The ISO celebrates its 27th season of exciting performances with concerts in both Springfield and Bloomington/Normal including symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, pops concerts and Concerts for Kids.


The ISO’s commitment to the community is highlighted through its award-winning Music Matters! in-school programs for students in Kindergarten – 6th grade; engaging Concerts for Kids, a favorite of students teachers and parents; and the Around the Town Free Chamber Music Series. Through these programs the ISO brings diverse repertoire and live musical experiences to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


The ISO, founded in 1993, is the consolidation of two well-established organizations: the Springfield Symphony and the Bloomington Normal Symphony. The ISO has won numerous awards including the Illinois Council of Orchestras' awards for Meritorious Service in Outstanding Programming, Community Service, and Community Event of the Year, all in recognition of its service and commitment to the citizens of Illinois. The ISO has performed at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall during the tenure of Conductor Laureate Kenneth Kiesler and has made appearances at the Ravinia Festival, Millennium Park in Chicago and the Illinois State Fair.


Selected as one of the Top 8 things you should do in Illinois by www.onlyinyourstate.com.


Additional information about the Illinois Symphony Orchestra is available at www.ilsymphony.org.


The ISO is partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.