Written by Laurie Niles
Published: July 19, 2014 at 3:25 PM [UTC]
I'd just read three excerpts from Violinist.com Interviews, Vol. 1, which has 27 interviews that I've done over the years with some of today's best-known violinists. My small friend wanted to go back home and read the whole chapter on that very interesting lady, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and her remarkable recovery and career. As I leafed through his copy to find the chapter and bookmark it, he added, "I'm going to start playing the violin next school year."
I'm in Cincinnati for the next week or so, visiting my parents and sister's family, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to play some short pieces and read from my book at Christ Church Cathedral's Music Live at Lunch series downtown. (This is my sister's church, and long ago I played in their fantastic Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival, a very unique musical pageant that I just love. My sister, Katie McGuire, a marketing and communications consultant, organized the event!)
Besides reading about Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, I also read about Sarah Chang, David Garrett, Anne Akiko Meyers and Philippe Quint. I also took questions: Did my book represent violinists of an older generation as well? Yes, you can read about Ruggiero Ricci, Elmar Oliveira and Stanley Ritchie. Who was that guy who played on the subway? It's Joshua Bell, and it was in Washington D. C., and he might be ready to talk about other things, after all he's a fine violinist! What makes those million-dollar violins so expensive? Their antique value and their state of preservation...
For the performing part of this event, I had a wonderful partner in pianist Brianna Matzke, a sensitive collaborator who took a fun ride with me through the Heifetz arrangement of "It Ain't Necessarily So" (first time I'd played this one, very fun!), the "Blues" movement of the Ravel Sonata, and Meditation from "Thais."
As usual, I can't say enough about the violin; get me going and I'll talk all day long! I enjoyed the opportunity to play and read aloud at such a beautiful place and for such an appreciative audience.
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