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Shira Samuels-Shragg, conductor
Gabrielle Després, violin

Conductor, Shira Samuels-Shragg, hailing from L.A. makes her Masterworks debut with Dvořák’s spellbinding Seventh Symphony. Although his New World Symphony remains the most performed, his Seventh is often considered his most perfect symphonic work. Violinist Gabrielle Després joins us with Korngold’s lush Hollywood-inspired Violin Concerto, and we open with Quinn Mason’s joyous and festive Toast of the Town. 

Quinn Mason
Toast of the Town Overture
Erich Korngold
Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35
Antonín Dvořák
Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op.70, B.141


Shira Samuels-Shragg

Praised for her musical integrity and artistry, Canadian violinist Gabrielle Després has garnered numerous awards, including first prizes in the Irving M. Klein International String Competition and the Juilliard Concerto Competition. She also earned top prizes in the Michael Hill, Elmar Oliveira and Washington International Violin Competitions, as well as awards at the Schiermonnikoog Festival and Verbier Festival Academy. In 2020, she was included in CBC’s list of 30 Canadian Classical Musicians under 30.

As a soloist, she has performed with the Juilliard Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Edmonton, the Lynn Philharmonia, and the Peninsula Symphony. She has been presented in recitals by the St. Albert Chamber Music Society, Gualala Chamber Music, the Kelowna Chamber Music Society, the Schiermonnikoog Festival, the Peninsula Symphony’s AllStars@Home series, and the University of Alberta’s Virtual Prism series. She served as Concertmaster of the Juilliard Orchestra for two years, during the 2021 and 2022 seasons, including a performance of Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben under the baton of Sir Antonio Pappano.

An avid chamber musician, she recently performed at Music in the Vineyards, Schiermonnikoog Festival, and the Edmonton Summer Solstice Music Festival as well as with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players and If Music Be the Food NYC. Passionate about expanding the reach of music, Gabrielle spent 2021-2022 performing as a Gluck Community Engagement Fellow, working to create interactive programs that merge music and theatre to share across various hospitals and nursing homes throughout New York City. In 2024, as a member of the Edith String Quartet, she worked with Project: Music Heals Us in their “Music for the Future” program, performing and teaching during residencies at the Jericho Project and the Sonoma County Detention Centre.

Gabrielle received a Bachelor of Music at the Juilliard School where she studied with Masao Kawasaki and Joseph Lin. She is currently pursuing her Master of Music at Juilliard as a proud recipient of the Kovner Fellowship, studying with Catherine Cho and Donald Weilerstein. Additionally, she studied the baroque violin under the direction of Robert Mealy. She is very grateful to her former teachers, Robert Uchida and James Keene for their guidance during her earlier years of study. Gabrielle has won major awards from the province of Alberta, Canada, including the Queen’s Jubilee Award, the Anne Burrows Music Foundation Award, the Ranald and Vera Shean Memorial Scholarship, and the Winspear Fund Scholarship, which have helped support her studies. Gabrielle has spent her summers studying at the Orford Summer Music Academy, Morningside Music Bridge, the Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, the Domaine Forget de Charlevoix International Music Academy, the Aspen Music Festival as a New Horizons Fellow, Kneisel Hall, and the Verbier Festival Academy.

Gabrielle currently plays on a violin of Zosimo Bergonzi , Cremona, graciously provided to her by CANIMEX INC., from Drummondville, Quebec, Canada. She gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation in supporting her education and career development.

Whether you couldn’t attend a Masterworks concert or loved what you heard and want to listen again, Spokane Symphony Masterworks concerts are featured on KPBX’s “Concert of the Week,” the second Monday after each performance on 91.1 FM at 7pm on spokanepublicradio.org.

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Ticket Information:

Single Tickets On Sale: Friday, August 16, 2024
Phone: 509-624-1200
Box Office: Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue

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