Wadsworth Theatre Presents The New West Symphony and "The Red Violin"
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Boris Brott, conductor
Elizabeth Pitcairn, violin
Andrew Duckles, viola
Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, K. 492
Mozart: Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major for Violin, Viola and Orchestra, K.320d
Tchaikovsky: Suite No. 4 in G Major, Opus 61, “Mozartiana”
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D Major, K. 504, “Prague”
About Elizabeth Pitcairn
Since her notable debut with the New York String Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall in 2000, Los Angeles virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn has been earning a celebrated reputation as one of America ’s most important rising soloists.
Born in the bucolic sanctuary of Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1973, Pitcairn’s path in music seemed to be etched in stone since the age of three when she set her sights on mastering the violin. Her partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the 1720 “Red” Mendelssohn Stradivarius, continues to foster a stellar career. The rare violin is said to be the inspiration for the motion picture _The Red Violin _(winner of the 1999 Academy Award for Best Original Score).
Pitcairn performed her first concerto with an orchestra at age 14. In 1995 she won a major competition to solo with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has since played the masterpieces of the violin repertoire for many audiences around the world. Pitcairn champions John Corigliano’s _Chaconne _from _The Red Violin, _performing it frequently since 2000, when she gave the Southern California premiere with the acclaimed California Philharmonic conducted by Victor Vener . Pivotal solo performances include the _Brahms Double Concerto _with her illustrious colleagues Yehuda Gilad and Ronald Leonard, and the Mozart _Sinfonia Concertante _with premier violist, Donald McInnes. Pitcairn’s repertoire includes the concerto by Khachaturian, which she performed with the USC Thornton Symphony to stunning notices. Other highlights include distinguished press for her solo in _The Lark Ascending _at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia .
At age 17, Pitcairn moved to Los Angeles to study at the University of Southern California with the preeminent Robert Lipsett, and went on to become the teaching assistant to Lipsett’s world-class studio. She holds positions on the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music, the Colburn School of Performing Arts and the Encore School for Strings.
The violinist’s rigorous early training included study with Julian Meyer and Sylvia Ahramjian at Temple University ’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians. Pitcairn spent two summers at the prestigious Marlboro Music Festival where she played chamber music with members of the Guarneri and Juilliard String Quartets. She performed three major concertos with the National Repertory Orchestra and performed the _Brahms Concerto _with the late legend, Mehli Mehta.
Elizabeth Pitcairn’s discography includes concertos by Mozart and Tchaikovsky with the Slovenia Radio Television Orchestra, and Fantasies by Bruch and Sarasate with the Sofia Philharmonic. She will premiere and record a concerto commissioned for her from Sweden ’s leading composer, Tommie Haglund, with the Helsingborg Symphony in September 2005.