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Laurie Niles

Violin Community News 2011, Op. 7

October 5, 2011 at 9:22 PM

What could be better than popcorn, Milk Duds and Janine Jansen with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil? The LA Philharmonic is broadcasting a performance live at 5 p.m. Eastern (2 p.m. Pacific) this Sunday in 440 movie theatres across the United States--  a performance with Dutch violinist Janine Jansen, playing the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, with conductor Gustavo Dudamel. I, for one, am planning to take a group of students to the local AMC! 

Janine Jansen
Photo by Decca/Sara Wilson

Other pieces on the program are Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and Symphony No. 3, “Scottish." If you are interested in finding a screening in your area, here is the link:, just enter your zip code and the theaters will come up. You may have to call to order tickets; I couldn't get the online purchase thing to work.

It costs a bit less than actually going to the symphony: pricing generally ranges from $16 to $22 (depending on child, adult, senior). Some theatres have student and group pricing.

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Violinist Midori Goto will perform a benefit concert along with pianist Özgür Aydin at 7 p.m., Oct. 24 in Anne and Howard Gottlieb Hall at Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago.. 

Photo by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The program will include: Sonata for Piano and Violin in E-flat Major, K. 380 (374f) by W. A. Mozart; Sonata for Violin and Piano, Op. 134 by Shostakovich; Sonata for Piano and Violin in A minor, Op. 105 by Schumann; and Fantasie in C for Piano and Violin, D. 934 by Schubert.

Tickets are $100 each. For more information, contact Merit’s Development Associate, Ellen Gibbon, at 312-676-3692 or

The recital is sponsored by Chicago arts patrons Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Galvin and will directly support Merit School of Music’s Scholarship Fund. Merit provides nearly $3 million in support annually to its students in the form of financial aid, scholarships, program subsidies, instrument loans, music supplies and more.

Midori, who performs 100 concerts a year across the United States, Europe and Asia, played her last Chicago recital in July 2010. At that time, she also visited Merit and taught a master class for some of its violin and chamber music students.

Merit School of Music is a non-profit community music school providing classical and jazz music education to 6,000 Chicago-area students, from newborns to age 18.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter played "It Ain't Necessarily So," accompanied on the piano by her ex-husband Sir André Previn on Sept. 30 on The Late Show with David Letterman, to promote her career retrospective boxed set, ASM 35: The Complete Musician. Here is their performance:

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