Elizabeth Pitcairn, Dazzling Violinist:
Feb 9 through Feb 17, 2019
The Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Mendelssohn's Oratorio, ELIJAH. This is followed by Elizabeth Pitcairn, performing on the 'Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius' violin, performing Wieniawski's famous Violin Concerto #2 with the Orchestra.
Henri Wieniaswki was the most famous violinist of his time. At age 9, he was granted special permissions to become a student at the Paris Conservatoire (being under age 12, and also being from Poland). About two years later, he entered and won first prize at the Graduate's Competition - an astounding accomplishment, still being too young to even qualify for admission.
Although formidable in all ways, Wieniawski was especially expert in bowing styles, and this concerto displays one of his favorite techniques: The up-bow "flying spiccato", which the greatest of players (including Liz) can contain maintain for an indefinite number of notes. This technique appears many times in the first and 3rd movements.
This concerto is a 'standard', and is generally counted among the top 10 violin concertos of all time. But Wieniaswki developed heart trouble at a relatively young age, and began taking breaks within concerts from age 35 onwards. He died in 1880 at age 45.
Saturday, Feb 9 4pm .......... The Cornerstone Church, Incline Village
Sunday, Feb 10 4pm ........... The Montbleu Theater, South Lake Tahoe
Saturday, Feb 16 4pm ......... Carson Valley United Methodist Church, Gardnerville
Sunday, Feb 17 4pm ........... St Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Reno
General admission is $30 for adults and $25 for seniors. Young persons, under age 23, enjoy FREE admission. "Front and Center" preferred seating prices are $40 for adults and $15 for youth/students.
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