Our next performance: October 12, at 7:30 PM



Elmira Darvarova, Violin Soloist

Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra
Kevin Hekmatpanah, conductor


Rossini: Overture to The Barber of Seville
Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite
Auerbach: Violin Concerto No. 2 (US Premiere)
Saint-Saëns: Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso
Elmira Darvarova, former Concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra (and the first woman-concertmaster in the MET’s history), started playing the violin at the age of three, gave her first recital at four, and made her debut as a soloist with an orchestra when she was eight years old. A prizewinner of several international competitions, and a British Council scholar, she studied with Yfrah Neaman in England, with Henryk Szeryng in Switzerland and with Josef Gingold in the United States. She caused a sensation, becoming the first ever woman concertmaster in the history of the Metropolitan Opera, toured Europe, Japan and the United States with the MET Orchestra, and was heard on the MET's live weekly international radio broadcasts, television broadcasts, CDs and laser discs on the Sony, Deutsche Grammophon and EMI labels...See More

 “Silky-smooth, voluptuous sound…intoxicating tonal beauty and beguilingly sensuous phrasing.” – The Strad

Venue: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

Ticket Information:

Ticket prices for general admission is $13 and $10 for seniors and non-GU students. This performance is free to GU faculty, students and staff. Tickets are either available by calling (509) 624-1200, by visiting the ticket office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, or ordering them through Tickets West. 

The Gonzaga Symphony Orchestra is excited to present its 2015 - 2016 Season!


The orchestra is beginning its twenty-second season with Music Director, Kevin Hekmatpanah. It has a long tradition as one of the finest orchestras in the region and its repertoire contains some of the most demanding pieces in orchestral music. The orchestra performs regularly at the acoustically outstanding and historic Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Highlights for the current season include international soloists:

Elmira Darvarova, Violin Soloist

Matt Haimovitz, Cello Soloist

Natasha Paremski, Piano Soloist

Richard Stoltzman, Clarinet Soloist


The orchestra has featured soloists of national and international distinction, including soprano Arianna Zukerman; pianists Simone Dinnerstein, Awadagin Pratt, Navah Perlman and Natasha Paremski; violinists Kurt Nikkanen, Tim Fain, Giora Schmidt, Kyung Sun Lee, Elmira Darvarova and Jinjoo Cho; and cellists Amit Peled and Daniel Gaisford. The Gonzaga Symphony also hosts the prestigious Young Artists' Concerto and Aria Competition, giving Gonzaga students the opportunity to solo with the orchestra.