A Night with Stradivarius Evening of Firsts

Photo Courtesy of Azy Scotten, Azy's Photography
Photo Courtesy of Azy Scotten, Azy's Photography

 

In their first concert in downtown Phoenix, ProMusica Arizona's Chorale and Orchestra brought A Night with Stradivarius to the Orpheum Theatre.  PMAZ musicians were thrilled to share the stage with one of America’s most celebrated violinists, Elizabeth Pitcairn, for her first concert appearance in Arizona. Ms. Pitcairn performed in partnership with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy award-winning film The Red Violin.

Ms. Pitcairn has earned a reputation as one of America’s most beloved rising soloists. Many have said that the violin has finally found its true soul mate in the gifted hands of the young violinist who is the first known solo artist to ever bring it to the great concert halls of the world, and who has made it her goal to share the violin’s magical beauty of sound with people of all ages, professions and cultures. Today, Ms. Pitcairn and the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin continue to foster one of classical music’s most compelling partnerships.

The Orpheum concert attracted not only PMAZ audience regulars, but many from other areas of the Valley.  A generous donation from Ms. Brinley Thomas helped provide PMAZ musicians the opportunity to perform with a world-renowned violinist and PMAZ audience members a chance to enjoy a unique concert experience.  The evening included pieces by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, and Suites from The Red Violin by John Corigliano.