ProMusica Arizona was thrilled to welcome one of America’s most celebrated violinists, Elizabeth Pitcairn, for her first performance 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. The intimate evening was held in a marvelous setting at the Phoenix Art Museum.
Attendees enjoyed a live musical experience of a lifetime as Ms. Pitcairn shared the stories and the sounds in recital with this magnificent historical instrument. 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. Following a reception with hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dessert, guests strolled through the museum's art galleries. The highlight of the evening was Ms. Pitcairn's recital with her famous instrument in the spacious Greenbaum Lobby. The crowd sat in silent awe as they listened to the sounds of the Stradivarius, including music from Shindler's List. A massive floor-to-ceiling chandelier provided ambience while ProMusica Arizona's talented Karen Taylor accompanied Ms. Pitcairn on the museum's Steinway piano. Ms. Pitcairn visited with guests and signed copies of her CDs and The Red Violin DVD after the recital.
The evening's proceeds benefit ProMusica Arizona and help bring the joy of music to the Valley. ProMusica Arizona is grateful to all who attended and for the generosity of Ms. Brinley Thomas whose donation helped make the evening a reality.