Symphony to Host Virtuoso Violinist William Hagen

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The Jacksonville Symphony will host violinist William Hagen and conductor Michael Stern for the sixth Masterworks performance of the season. The concert is part of the Florida Blue Masterworks Series. It is sponsored by Bob and Lynn Alligood.

Performances are Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm, Friday, February 12 at 11am and 8pm and Saturday, February 13 at 8pm.
Wonderfully, the Symphony is sponsoring "Insight", a discussion led by Conductor Michael Stern, will be held an hour before each performance. The low-key 15 to 25 minute presentation provides the opportunity to learn more about the works to be performed.

Violinist William Hagen is just 20 years old but has been hailed as a brilliant virtuoso with commanding stage presence and genuine expression.  He began his music career at the age of four and by 10 was commuting to Los Angeles from his native Utah for lessons with Robert Lipsett at the Colburn Community School of Performing Arts. He studied with Itzhak Perlman for two years at the Julliard School as well.  This will be a return performance with the Jacksonville Symphony and his Masterworks series debut.

Conductor Michael Stern is in his eleventh season as Music Director of the Kansas City Symphony and 16th season as Founding Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the IRIS Orchestra.  In Kansas City he has been hailed for the orchestra’s remarkable artistic ascent, original programming and extraordinary growth of its varied audiences since his tenure began.  Stern has performed throughout Europe, Asia and the U.S. He is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music where his major teacher was noted conductor Max Rudolf. He graduated from Harvard University with a degree in American history.
The program includes Giuseppe Verdi’s Overture to La Forza del Destino, Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10.

For reference check out this performance of Verdi's Overture performed in St. Petersburg, 2006:

Performances will be at the Jacoby Symphony Hall, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets range in price from$19 to $40 for the February 12 11am performance and $25 to $74 for the evening performances.
The Under18Free program which gives adults who purchase tickets a complimentary ticket for a child ages 7 to 17 is available for these concerts.
For more information visit Tickets may be purchased at, by calling the box office at 904-354-5547 or visiting the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts ticket office which is open Monday through Friday from 10am to 4pm.