Simone Porter: Bringing “Hip” Back to Classical Music

Simone_Porter (5)Let’s face it. As young adults, millennials, and even those born after the baby boomer age, it’s been hard for us to connect to classical music. The cliche is that concert halls are stuffy, the music is boring, and the performers are equally mundane. However, with 19-year-old violin phenomenon, Simone Porter at the helm of a Classical Arts Renaissance, this is not the case!

First, let’s talk about the excitement of seeing someone not even old enough to drink literally shred it on the violin. Simone Porter puts so much passion into her playing that last month, while performing the dazzling and exhausting Samuel Barber violin concerto with the Houston Symphony, a string on her violin broke in the middle of the performance. Not only did Ms. Porter stay calm, cool, and collected, she borrowed the violin of the concertmaster and played on…continuing to “shred it”, albeit, potentially more consciously.

This is a woman who made her professional debut with one of the world’s major orchestras at the age of 13 (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra). She has performed with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Symphony along with conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who it should be mentioned, is being considered to become the next music director of the Metropolitan Opera. This is just a small amount of the awesomeness that this 19-year-old violin prodigy embodies. When she plays, you see the excitement, the passion, the joy, the exuberance — all things that you want to see when not only listening to but watching live classical music.

On Saturday night, October 17th, Sacramento audiences will get a chance to hear Ms. Porter and to see what makes classical music exciting, why this artform is in no way dying, and why it is important to keep supporting it. When there are performers like Simone Porter, it doesn’t matter your age or even if you have never heard classical music before — after hearing an artist deemed by LA Times as “on the cusp of a major career,” you will see why classical music is still (and always will be) “hip.”

To see the virtuoso perform the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera on Saturday, October 17th, visit the concert’s event page. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (916) 808-5181

For more information on Simone Porter, please visit her website — or better yet, follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

TweetSeatsAs part of its Resurrection season, the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera will offer a limited number of expert Tweeters complimentary tickets, so that they can provide commentary in real time before, during, and after each concert. No classical music experience is necessary to participate!  If interested in the Tweet Seats program, complete this survey.

***This post was written by Raymond James Irwin, Marketing and Communications Director for the Sacramento Philharmonic and Opera.

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