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The Power of Solitude: A Solo Violin Massivemuse
Massivemuse Virtual Livestream

The Power of Solitude: A Solo Violin Massivemuse

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Sat, April 25, 2020 7:30 PM, EDT

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This is a livestreaming Groupmuse Virtual Concert

A live virtual performance with community videochat and a Q&A with the artists.


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At our first few livestream Massivemuses, we showcased ensembles quarantined together - a trio, then a duo, then last week, a string quartet. But the fact of this moment is that most musicians don’t have the luxury of being quarantined with their ensembles and social distancing means, among so many other things, delving headlong into the solo rep. What power can we unleash when we stand alone, as the CDC recommends?

This Saturday, our next Massivemuse is going to explore the kaleidoscopic range that the solo violin is capable of, and, for the occasion, we’ve enlisted the electrifying talents of one of our generation's greatest violinists - Russian-American Philippe Quint. This email would get long and boring if I was to list the manifold notches in his belt, but they include 17 commercial releases, numerous Grammy nominations, innumerable awards, playing at Walt Disney Hall, soloing with the London Phil, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and you get the idea: this guy’s real, real good.

Nimbly wielding a 1708 Stradivarius, Quint has readied for our community a veritable rainbow of expression. We’ll start with a couple of movements of Bach - the highest priest of music for solo violin. Then we’ve got Sonata #3 by Eugène Ysaÿe - who brought solo violin to its Romantic apex. Then it’ll be the soulful modernism (and dizzying virtuosity) of some of John Corigliano's Red Violin Caprices. Following that will be a piece by the eternally beloved saint of the violin, Fritz Kreisler.

The finale of the program is worth a paragraph break: It’s a piece by the American icon Charlie Chaplin, who, among so many other accomplishments, wrote deep and poignant music that Philippe Quint has been essential in resuscitating and championing.

The Zoom hangout begins at 7.30pm EDT, the Youtube Livestream begins at 8pm EDT, and we’ll have a Q&A with Philippe after the performance.

Can’t wait to see your faces!

What's the music?

Philippe Quint

Bach. "Adagio" from Sonata no. 1, BWV 1001
Ysaye. Sonata no.3 "Ballade", op.27
John Corigliano. Selected Caprices from "Red Violin"

-5 minute intermission-
Bach. Sarabande from Partita no.2
Fritz Kreisler. Recitativo and Scherzo, op.6
Charlie Chaplin. Eternally from "Limelight" arranged by Philippe Quint and C. Coleman.

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