TOCCATA-TAHOE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CHORUS PRESENTS VIOLINST ELIZABETH PITCAIRN

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Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville (1375 Centerville Lane)

TOCCATA-Tahoe Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presents Elizabeth Pitcairn, performing with the legendary Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, Saturday, February 16, 2019, at 3 pm at Carson Valley United Methodist Church in Gardnerville (1375 Centerville Lane).

The Orchestra and Chorus will perform selections from Mendelssohn’s Oratorio, ELIJAH. This is followed by Elizabeth Pitcairn, performing on the ‘Red Medelssohn 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.

Tickets for the February 16 concert here in Gardnerville are available at the Carson Valley Arts Council office, 1572 US Hwy 395, Minden, by phone at 775-782-8207 or online at www.cvartscouncil.com. Tickets are $30 for adults ($40 preferred seating); $25 for seniors; free for youth under 23 ($15 preferred seating). Tickets are also available at the door 30 minutes prior to the concert.