list of links concert calendars for violin soloists, and it made me ponder the question: When is the last time you've seen a violinist or other instrumental soloist play live?This week I posted a
I'm not limiting this vote to violinists, so if you have recently seen a violist, pianist, cellist, etc. play live, then that counts! (And I will be coming out with a calendar list for violists, as well!) I'm not counting singers, though, as that is a bit different. And for those of us who are orchestral musicians, you might be witnessing the performance from the stage, which is admittedly a bit different, but it does count for the purposes of this vote!
Sometimes it's not easy to find performances in your area, thus the calendar! But it does make a difference, if you live in a large or small city, and whether you live close to other cities or in a more isolated area. Ironically enough, the smallest city where I lived -- Bloomington, Indiana -- attracted a large number of classical soloists because of its enormous music school! When I lived in out on the Great Plains in Omaha, Nebraska, we had a good number of wonderful soloists coming to town, but if I wanted to branch out, it was easy to get to the next-biggest cities (Kansas City and Denver), which were a half-day and a day's drive away!
Right now I live in Los Angeles, an enormous city with an embarrassment of riches, when it comes to opportunities to see live performances. I've been lucky to catch some wonderful live performances lately, including violinist Ray Chen in November and Joshua Bell in October, both at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
And then I greatly enjoyed playing in a concert where violinist Tessa Lark performed with the Pasadena Symphony, also in October. I'm looking forward next week to seeing violinist Christian Tetzlaff play with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the week after that, Nick Kendall with the Pasadena Symphony, which I'll see from stage. And I must not leave out that I saw the pianist Alessio Bax perform recently, as a soloist, and in that concert with Josh Bell. All wonderful experiences.
Which concert soloists have you seen perform live? And how recently have you seen a live performance that featured a soloist? And how difficult is it for you to find a performance in your area? Please participate in the vote, then tell us all about it!
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