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Rachel's Musical Adventures: GRAMMY news, FREE concert and master class

February 22, 2008 at 2:02 PM

”American Virtuosa” wins 1/5 of a GRAMMY - congratulations to Producer of the Year Judy Sherman!

What do I mean by 1/5 of a GRAMMY? Well, on February 10, Judy Sherman won Category 96, “Producer of the Year, Classical,” in the 50th GRAMMY Awards. Each Producer of the Year nominee lists five albums as representative of their work for the past year. My CD “American Virtuosa: Tribute to Maud Powell” was one of the five albums that Judy listed. It was wonderful to work with her on this special project. Congratulations, Judy!

Congratulations also to Cedille Records for their first ever GRAMMY win – Category 104, “Best Chamber Music Performance,” for eighth blackbird’s album “Strange Imaginary Creatures.”

To learn more about “American Virtuosa,” please visit

To read the full list of GRAMMY winners, please visit

FREE master class in Chicago suburb on Saturday morning

On Saturday, February 23, at 11:00am, I will be giving a master class at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston.

The master class is free and open to the public.

Three students from MIC’s Academy program will be playing concertos by Sibelius, Prokofiev, and Paganini. The Academy is designed for advanced students with the potential to pursue a career in music. It provides young musicians with a complete musical education at the highest levels of instruction. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear some of tomorrow’s most promising young artists!

For more information, please call 847-905-1500 or visit

February 23: One night, three instruments!

Modern violin, baroque violin, and viola d’amore, all on the same evening! This will be a first for me. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of switching from instrument to instrument and sharing all of their voices in the same program. However, I’m a little less enthusiastic about having to tune 22 strings…

On Saturday, February 23, at 7:30pm, I will be performing at the Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Avenue in Evanston. Tickets are still available.

The concert will include Bach’s Sonata in E Major for violin and harpsichord (with David Schrader), Bach’s Violin Concerto in A Minor and Vivaldi’s Viola d’Amore Concerto in D Major (with Baroque Band), and Brahms’ Piano Quintet (with violinist Sang Mee Lee, violist Marko Dreher, cellist Wendy Warner, and pianist Micah Yui). A post-concert reception will take place in the lobby.

This performance is sponsored by the Music Institute of Chicago’s Patron Society.

For tickets or for more information, please call 847-905-1500 or visit

February 24: FREE performance in southern Wisconsin

On Sunday, February 24, at 1:00pm, I will be participating in a special fundraising event for the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters, a parents organization which supports the public school orchestra program in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Please join me at the Kenosha Women’s Club, 6028 Eighth Avenue. Admission is free and open to the public.

My performance with pianist Matthew Hagle will feature works by African-American composers, some unaccompanied Bach, and Sarasate’s “Carmen Fantasy.” I will also doing a Q&A with the audience. A portion of the sales of my recordings this afternoon will go towards the Kenosha Orchestra Boosters, and I will be on hand to sign my CDs.

Other features of the Boosters’ “Afternoon Tea” include student performances, refreshments, raffles and a silent auction for 10 individual hand-painted violin plaques. The plaques, donated by Shar Music, were painted and embellished by area artists especially for the auction.

To read about and see photos of the violin plaques, please visit and

other upcoming shows

March 3 - two performances with the Jupiter Chamber Players in New York City featuring works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Spohr

March 7&8 – Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy and the Roque Cordero Violin Concerto with the Dayton Philharmonic in Ohio

March 18 - Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ at the University of Chicago with members of the Vermeer Quartet and cellist Wendy Warner

March 20, 21, 22 - Ravel’s Tzigane and Corigliano’s Red Violin Chaconne with the Jacksonville Symphony in Florida

March 25 - special concert at the Chicago Cultural Center with violinist/composer Mark O’Connor and Irish fiddler Liz Carroll

March 29 - Dvorak Concerto with the Columbus Symphony in Georgia

For more details, please visit

From Bilbo Prattle
Posted on February 23, 2008 at 11:12 PM
I am really interested to see that you have been playing the viola d'amore.

You've championed some great but somewhat overlooked stuff in some of your work and I certainly think the viola d'amore is great!

I was absolutely entranced by it the first time I heard it in a recording (on about 3 years ago). There is also one in the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments but it is in a glass case.

Looking forward to hearing it in live performance some day!

(BTW you've gotten quite a bit of air time on WMNR in Connecticut this past year or so and you sound just great.)

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