A Day with Tchaikovsky and The Red Violin -- Sandy Eastman
Sandy Eastman will be providing LLCC members with yet another opportunity to attend his pre-concert class and the symphony dress rehearsal for the San Luis Obispo Symphony concert coming up in May.
The San Luis Obispo Symphony offers as a gift to the community free dress rehearsals of its concerts during the afternoon (1pm-3pm) preceding the evening of the performance.
Sandy will present a lecture about the composers and the performers involved in today's orchestra performance. Then you will join Sandy and attend the San Luis Symphony for the dress rehearsal of Classics in the Cohan featuring two interesting pieces:
Susan Stewart writes in the Journal Plus Magazine:
"Legend has it that an anguished Antonio Stradavari added the blood of his recently deceased wife to the varnish he used to finish what is arguably the world's finest violin, "The Red Violin" in 1720.
The tale, depicted in the 1998 film The Red Violin, accounts for the distinctive red stripe that runs the length of the instrument. It is said that this addition was a final act of homage; a way to keep his beloved wife alive through the exquisite music it made.
On Saturday, October 4, audiences will meet the Red Violin and its current owner, internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn at SLO Symphony's 54th season opening concert. Taking the stage at the Performing Arts Center, Pitcairn will be joined by the symphony to play Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D Major, as 'fiery and enormously difficult.'"
Elizabeth Pitcairn made her New York debut at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in 2000 and she has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This season she makes debuts at Walt Disney Concert Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She is the Artistic Director of the Luzerne Music Center Festival, a summer camp in the Adirondacks for gifted young musicians ages 9 to 18.
This course will be in two parts. In the morning, there will be a lecture about the composers and about the pieces that are to be played in the rehearsal. In the afternoon, the class, as a group, attends the dress rehearsal of the performance. At the dress rehearsal SLO Symphony conductor Mike Nowak will speak as he conducts, giving background information, musicology, and note s on harmony. With Mike's broad knowledge and stage presence, the dress rehearsals are fairly comprehensive.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 9:00 - 11:00 am. for course, followed by symphony dress rehearsal 1:00 - 3:30 pm.
The morning class will be at Ludwig Community Center, Room A. 864 Santa Rosa St. in SLO. The concert rehearsal will be in the Christopher Cohan Center in the PAC at Cal Poly.
Silsby Eastman (Sandy) grew up and spent his working life in the Los Angeles area before moving to Pismo Beach. He has taught at Cuesta and Allan Hancock Colleges and has been playing bassoon, baritone saxophone, and bridge as often as possible. After graduating from Occidental College and Indiana University, he studied conducting bassoon with Walter Ritchie and conducting with Lauris Jones and Richard Lert. He served as a bandsman in the Air Force and taught in San Bernardino, La Canada, Paramount and Agoura Hills. He is also a former member of the Long Beach Coterie Sinfonique, the Pasadena Community Orchestra and the Topanga Symphony.
Please purchase a separate ticket for each person so that we can have a record of all attendees.
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SLO Public Library
696 Monterey St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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