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Gil Shaham releases “Music to Drive Away Loiterers” on April 1

It’s happening all around the world: train stations, shopping malls, and local governments have found themselves forced to turn to classical music in their efforts to keep loiterers at bay. As the Los Angeles Times reports, “Whether it’s Handel piped into New York’s Port Authority or Tchaikovsky at a public library in London, the sound of classical music is apparently so repellent to teenagers that it sends them scurrying away like frightened mice.” When Gil Shaham – hailed by Time magazine as “the outstanding American violinist of his generation” – heard the news he combed the catalog of his recording label, Canary Classics, to create Music to Drive Away Loiterers, the perfect compilation to deter anyone, which is due for U.S. release on April 1.
The concerned Grammy Award- and Avery Fisher Prize-winner explains:
“As a violinist dedicated to his art, I have always looked for ways to help the Greater Good. When I heard that classical music was being used to drive loiterers away, I knew I had finally found my calling. I hope people enjoy this album…or not. Whatever.”
Details of Music to Drive Away Loiterers follow below, and more information is available at the violinist’s website,, and High-resolution photos are available here.
Gil Shaham: Music to Drive Away Loiterers
Canary Classics
Single CD digipack
U.S. release date: April 1
Bizet (arr. Sarasate): Introduction from Carmen Fantasy, Op. 25
  With Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León / Alejandro Posada
Fauré: Sicilienne Op.78; Fileuse Op. 80. No. 2 from Pelléas et Mélisande
   With Akira Eguchi, piano
Mendelssohn: Octet in E-flat, Op. 20: iii. Scherzo
   With Sejong Soloists
Mozart: Sonata in E-flat, K. 302: ii Rondeau
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Prokofiev (trans. Heifetz): March from Love for Three Oranges
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Prokofiev: Andante from Five Melodies, Op. 35
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Chen/He: Theme from Butterfly Lovers Concerto
   With Singapore Symphony Orchestra / Lan Shui
Sarasate: Navarra for 2 violins, Op. 33
   With Adele Anthony, violin; Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León/ Alejandro Posada
Edwards: Chorale from Maninyas
   With Adele Anthony, violin; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Arvo Volmer
Sibelius: 3rd movement from Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47
   With Adele Anthony, violin; Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Arvo Volmer
Williams: “Remembrances” from Schindler’s List
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Bloch: “Nigun” from Baal Shem
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Dorman: Scherzo from Nigunim (Violin Sonata No.3)
   With Orli Shaham, piano
Sarasate: Zapateado Op.23 No.2
   With Akira Eguchi, piano
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