Hamilton students in the New York City Program attended the premiere of a new New York Philharmonic symphony by John Adams, “Scheherazade.2-Dramatic Symphony for Violin and Orchestra,” on March 27 in Avery Fischer Hall.

The composer introduced the piece. He explained how he was inspired by reading the tales of Arabian Nights and thinking about the continued oppression of women in our world. The symphony features a violin soloist representing a modern-day and more empowered Scheherazade performed by the renowned Leila Josefowicz.

At the end, the audience gave the orchestra a standing ovation and Josefowicz the kind of shouts and applause usually given to opera stars. The Hamilton College NYC Program is deeply indebted to the Karen and Kevin Kennedy Foundation for making these cultural events available.

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