The Colorado Summer Arts is all set to provide the greatest relief for classical music fans. Because many of these compositions rank among Gil Shaham's favorite concertos of the 20th century, the esteemed violinist decided in 2009-10 to begin focusing on the works of this tumultuous decade.
The project continues in full force this summer, when he performs Walton's Violin Concerto (1938-39) on July 27 with conductor Ludovic Morlot and the New York Philharmonic as part of the orchestra's residency at the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival (877-812-5700 or vailmusicfestival.org).
Shaham will perform that same work on July 6 at the Aspen Music Festival as well as three other concertos — the most he has ever done in one concentration. Rounding out his schedule there will be Bartok's Violin Concerto No. 2 (1937-38), July 8; Stravinsky's Violin Concerto in D major (1931), July 12; and Karl Amadeus Hartmann's "Concerto funebre" (1939), July 21 (970-925-9042 or aspenmusicfestival.com).