Martin Majkut Music Director

Masterworks 4

Ashland: Friday, Jan. 19 ♦ Medford: Saturday, Jan. 20 ♦ Grants Pass: Sunday, Jan. 21

“The greatest living exponent of the electric violin” BBC Radio

BERNSTEIN: Fancy Free: Three Dance Variations

Tracy SILVERMAN: Love Song to the Sun
Co-commissioned by The Rogue Valley Symphony
Tracy Silverman, electric violin
Live interactive video projections by Todd Winkler

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5

Masterworks Series Ashland performances
Sponsored by 
Robert Pohl
Masterworks Series Medford performances
Sponsored by Anonymous


Redefining the role of the violin in contemporary music, Tracy Silverman has
contributed significantly to the development and repertoire for the electric 6-
string violin and what he calls “21st century violin playing”. “String playing must
reflect our popular musical culture or risk becoming old-fashioned and
irrelevant,” says Silverman. The foremost concert electric violinist and the
subject of new electric violin concertos commissioned specifically for him by
John Adams, Terry Riley, Nico Muhly, Kenji Bunch, himself, and upcoming by
Daniel Bernard Roumain. Silverman was formerly first violinist with the groundbreaking
Turtle Island String Quartet. Currently touring internationally as a
soloist with orchestras, (LA Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Detroit Symphony,
Montreal Symphony, Adelaide Festival Orchestra, Cabrillo Festival; conductors
Esa-Pekka Salonen, Marin Alsop, Neeme Jarvi, Giancarlo Guerrero, Leon
Botstein among many others,) with his solo performances and as a collaborator
with other artists and ensembles. A busy composer, ‘15-16 includes
performances of Silverman’s 2nd electric violin concerto, a return to Carnegie
Hall to premier Nico Muhly’s “Seeing Is Believing” with the American
Symphony, as well as the publication of his instructional method “Strum
Bowing”. A long-standing advocate for music education, Silverman is an indemand
clinician and on faculty at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Check out the trailer to Love Song to the Sun below


Dates, music, and soloists subject to change without notice.