The Santa Fe Concert Association presents violinist Richard Rood and Pianist Joseph Illick to discover some of the secrets of the violin.
Monday, September 24, 2012
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With candid humor, enlightening anecdotes and musical examples, Joe Illick illuminates the mysteries of the violin, the most complex and expressive instrument ever created. Featuring Joseph Illick and special guest violinist Richard Rood.
Small but mighty, the violin is the most complex instrument ever created, and the lore surrounding legendary violinists and the violins themselves is rich and fascinating. “Notes on Music” with Artistic Director Illick have become a favorite as he passionately describes the music, the composers and the instruments that come together to make the music.
Joseph Illick and Richard Rood will lead a guided tour through the deep and tangled history of the violin, revealing the secrets of the most seductive, the most human, and the sometimes the most elusive of all musical instruments.
While many cultures had produced crude string instruments for thousands of years, how did it come to be that the three greatest violin-making families in the world all lived in the same neighborhood in the northern Italian town of Cremona? What gives the violin its extraordinary variety of sound and expressivity? How did the violin change as the world around it changed? Why did someone pay over $15,000,000 for the Lady Blunt Stradivarius in an auction last year? And was the great violinist Nicolò Paganini really in league with the Devil?
Joseph Illick has been Executive and Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Concert Association since 2008. Mr. Illick is also Music Director and Principal Conductor of Fort Worth Opera. As a concert pianist, he is active as a piano soloist and chamber musician in Europe and in the United States. As a composer, his symphonic works have been performed in New York, Washington, Dallas and Santa Fe.
Richard Rood is one the Concertmasters of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Associate Concertmaster of the Santa Fe Opera. He was a principal player of New York's Mostly Mozart Festival and New York Chamber Symphony for 20 years. With Orpheus he was awarded a Grammy award. He is on the faculty of Columbia University, and has taught at Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music.
Ticket Prices: $20, Student discount available