American premiere of the first violin concerto by Wynton Marsalis

The 2016 CSO residency opens with the American premiere (July 12, 2016) of the first violin concerto by jazz legend Wynton Marsalis, co-commissioned by Ravinia Festival for violinist Nicola Benedetti, who will mark her third Ravinia appearance.

“Working with Wynton Marsalis on his violin concerto has been life-changing,” said Benedetti. “I am so excited to play the piece again at Ravinia with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.”
Cristian Măcelaru, winner of the 2014 Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award and conductor-in-residence at the Philadelphia Orchestra, makes his Ravinia debut on the podium. He made his CSO debut in 2013 as a replacement for the then ailing Pierre Boulez and has been a frequent guest conductor since then, even leading the orchestra’s outdoor performances at the Morton Arboretum.

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