SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2024, 2:00 P.M. & 8:00 P.M.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ASHEVILLE
Darko Butorac, conductor
Noah Bendix-Balgley, violin
Shanshan Yao, violin
Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao headline this all-violin, all-concerto program as a husband and wife duo. An iconic Chinese work for violin and orchestra, Butterfly Lovers kicks off the program with virtuosic and intertwining melodies. The delicate dance between the two violins continues with Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. Finally, Bendix-Balgley takes on the grand finale: Brahms’s one and only violin concerto, famed for its technically demanding passages and stunning lyricism.
Zhanhao/Gang Butterfly Lovers’ Concerto
J. S. Bach Double Violin Concerto
Brahms Violin Concerto
NOTE: 23-24 season shows originally scheduled for the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium have been moved. Click here to read more.
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Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noah began playing the violin at age 4. At age 9, he played for Lord Yehudi Menuhin. He graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and the Munich Hochschule. Noah Bendix-Balgley enjoys a wide-ranging musical life as a violinist. He is First Concertmaster of the Berliner Philharmoniker and tours both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. His clear and heartfelt personal sound has reached and moved listeners around the world.
Chinese violinist Shanshan Yao joins forces with her husband Noah Bendix-Balgley for this all-violin program. Ms. Yao joined the roster of the New York Philharmonic in 2013. As a soloist she has performed with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic Orchestra, and more. She has won numerous competitions including the Calgary Concerto Competition and Morningside Music Bridge Concerto Competition and has degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and The Julliard School.