Jan 17 | ‘Mutual Admiration: Gershwin and Ravel’ Concert 2021: Music@Menlo


Violinist Kristin Lee and Pianist Orion Weiss Online Performance “Mutual Admiration – Gershwin and Ravel”

Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Online via Music@Menlo, 50 Valparaiso Ave., Atherton, CA

From Music@Menlo:

” On Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 5pm PST, Music@Menlo presents violinist Kristin Lee and pianist Orion Weiss in an online concert, Mutual Admiration – Gershwin and Ravel, as part of its Explorers Series, featuring brand new performances from Music@Menlo artists. 

“Admission for the event is $25, and ticket buyers will receive an e-mail at least 48 hours prior the concert with a link to the performance and instructions on how to watch. The performance will be available to stream on-demand for one week after.

“This program presents France and America in musical synergy with works by Gershwin and Ravel. The two composers met in New York City in 1928 during Ravel’s tour of the United States. Ravel had already become fascinated with American culture after hearing jazz in Paris, and was eager to absorb the essence of American musical culture first-hand, famously meeting Gershwin at a jazz performance at the Cotton Club in New York. 

“The selections on Lee and Weiss’ program include:

“Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, op. 45 (1923–27)

“Gershwin: Five Selections from Porgy and Bess for Violin and Piano (1935) (arr. Heifetz)

  • My Man’s Gone Now
  • A Woman is a Sometime Thing
  • Bess, You My Woman Now
  • Summertime
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So

Ravel: Tzigane for Violin and Piano (1924)

About the Musicians:

“A recipient of the 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, as well as a top prizewinner of the 2012 Walter W. Naumburg Competition and the Astral Artists’ 2010 National Auditions, Kristin Lee is a violinist of remarkable versatility and impeccable technique who enjoys a vibrant career as a soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and educator.

“One of the most sought-after soloists in his generation of young American musicians, pianist Orion Weiss has performed with major American orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony, Boston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and New York Philharmonic. His exceptionally crafted performances go far beyond his technical mastery and have won him worldwide acclaim. 

“With a warmth to his playing that reflects his personality, Orion has performed with dozens of orchestras in North America and has dazzled audiences with his passionate, lush sound.”


–Images courtesy of Music@Menlo/Photo of Kristin Lee is by Sophie Zhai and Orion Weiss by Jacob Blickenstaff.


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