Leila Josefowicz

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Repulsed by the brutality against women in the story, A Thousand and One Nights, composer John Adams created a dramatic symphony for violin and orchestra where the solo violin represents a modern, young woman who stands up to her oppressors. WRTI's Susan Lewis has more on Scheherazade.2.

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Join us on WRTI 90.1 on Sunday, November 10 at 1 PM when The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert broadcast brings to the Verizon Hall stage violinist Leila Josefowicz, who joins guest conductor John Adams for a performance of the composer/conductor’s own work, Scheherazade.2, his updating—through the lens of  modern sensitivities—of the One Thousand and One Nights tale.

From mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli's ambitious revival of the early Baroque composer Agostino Stefani (and yes, she's got another outrageous album cover) to three very different roles for the violin, here's a clutch of classical albums I returned to again and again this year for sheer delight and aural inspiration. Bartoli lavishes extravagant attention on the music of a fascinating but forgotten link in the history of opera.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz

Apr 10, 2012

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with violinist Leila Josefowicz ahead of concerts with The Philadelphia Orchestra, led by conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz speaks with Jim Cotter about her new role as artist-in-residence with the Phila. Orchestra.

A conversation with violinist Leila Josefowicz. The MacArthur Fellowship (so-called Genius Award) recipient speaks with Jim Cotter about her new role as artist-in-residence with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Susan Lewis considers lesser-known works of 19th-century composers Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel as the Philadelphia Singers prepares a weekend concert In Rittenhouse Square exploring the influence of J.S. Bach on the two siblings.

Violinist Leila Josefowicz: On Her Interest in New Music

The renowned Canadian-born violinist talks about the pressures and joys of working with living composers.