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James Ehnes in premiere of Aaron Jay Kernis' Violin Concerto with Seattle Symphony / Seattle Times

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James Ehnes underscored his reputation as one of today's finest violinists with the U.S. premiere of the new Aaron Kernis Violin Concerto on Thursday evening - the first of three Seattle Symphony performances. Lengthy, complex and assertive, the new concerto demands almost superhuman agility and stamina of Ehnes, the soloist for whom it was written, and he rose to the challenge. He is well known as a player who can make his violin do anything, but even Ehnes must have been taxed by the dizzying array of double stops, complex fingerwork and incredibly speedy passages throughout the instrument's compass.

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