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May 16, 2015
Beethoven and the Red Violin

Doors open at 6:45 p.m.
Prelude talk from 7–7:30 p.m.
Concert begins at 8 p.m.

Bankhead Theater, 2400 First Street, Livermore, California

Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin

Borodin: Symphony No. 3

Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major
Elizabeth Pitcairn, soloist

Read the concert program insert, including program notes (564K pdf).
Listen to the Prelude talk given on May 16 by Lara Webber (54.6MB mp3 file).

Elizabeth Pitcairn

Celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn joins us in our season finale to perform Beethoven’s extraordinary violin concerto. Pitcairn plays the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius (said to have inspired the Academy Award-winning film The Red Violin). Our evening begins with a musical bonbon from a Russian master: Tchaikovsky’s Polonaise from Eugene Onegin. The orchestra shines in the work of a chemist and composer, Alexander Borodin, one of the most influential Russian composers of his time; his Symphony No. 3 is soulful, deeply expressive, and full of melodic charm.

Related Events:

May 7, 2015, 7 p.m.—Film and Dessert Buffet
Screening of The Red Violin (watch the trailer; read IMDb info) at the Vine Cinema, 1722 First St., Livermore; immediately followed by a dessert and wine buffet at Zephyr Grill and Bar, 1736 First St. (next door to the Vine).

May 15, 2015, 6 p.m.—Musical Soirée with Elizabeth Pitcairn
Elizabeth Pitcairn performed a program of solo violin showpieces, shared her particular insights and experiences, and engaged personally with attendees. This was a rare opportunity to get to know one of this country’s most celebrated virtuosos, hear her story, and hear the story of her remarkable instrument and its legacy. The event, hosted by the Symphony Guild in a private home, include wined and a festive hors d’oeuvres buffet. Cost: $85 (including a $50 donation to LAS).

photo by Joy Strotz
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