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The Red Violin Is Coming To Spokane—In Film & In Concert!

Friday Sep 14, 2018 • Press Release

—“The Red Violin” movie, about the violin’s 300-year history, with Oscar-winning music score, is at the Garland Theater on Fri., Sept. 21 at 7 pm and Sat., Sept. 22 at 2 pm

—Celebrated violin virtuoso, Elizabeth Pitcairn, owner of the legendary Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius performs on Oct. 6 & 7 with the Spokane Symphony 

SPOKANE—SEPTEMBER 14, 2018…The legendary Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius called “The Red Violin” is coming to Spokane, first in the film inspired by the violin, and then in concert with its current owner, violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn.  

IN FILM:
Two screenings of The Red Violin movie, directed by Francois Girard, will take place at Spokane’s Garland Theater on Friday, September 21 at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. ($8). The film, inspired by the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, traces the history of the violin from its maker in 18th century Cremona, Italy, to an auction in modern Montreal as the violin changes hands and moves from country to country over 300 years. Composer John Corigliano won the Oscar in 1999 for “Best Original Score” for the film.  (www.garlandtheater.com

IN CONCERT:  
The “Red Violin," crafted in 1720 by Antonio Stradivari, is owned by violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, who will play it as the guest artist of the Spokane Symphony in Classics 2: The Red Violin, on Saturday, October 6 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 p.m.  Pitcairn will perform one work from the Oscar-winning score from “The Red Violin” movie, composer John Corigliano’s “Chaconne for Violin and Orchestra” (1997). This concert also features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 and Tan Dun’s Symphonic Poem of 3 Notes (2001) and is conducted by Resident Conductor Morihiko Nakahara who is also one of the five music director finalists who are being considered for music director starting in 2019-20.  (Note: There is a pre-concert talk at 1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m. with Nakahara and Pitcairn.)
Details: https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/classics-2-the-red-violin/

BACKGROUND:

Elizabeth Pitcairn’s website details the story of how her grandfather bought “The Red Violin” for her when she was 16 years old (for a reported $1.7 million) (www.elizabethpitcairn.com):  

“Known as the Red Stradivarius and owned by legendary violinist Joseph Joachim, the 1720 Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius would eventually surface in 1930s Berlin. It had been purchased by an heir to the great composer, Felix Mendelssohn. In 1956, it was purchased by a New York industrialist… much of its original burnished red varnish remains on the violin today, and it is thought to be one of the best sounding and most beautiful of Stradivari’s remaining violins…In 1990, it was put on the auction block…and landed in the hands of then-16-year-old American soloist, Elizabeth Pitcairn. Pitcairn would remain silent about owning the violin until her rapidly burgeoning solo career brought her into the public eye on international stages…” 

FILM TICKETS:  Tickets for The Red Violin movie at the Garland Theater, 924 W. Garland Avenue, Spokane, are $8 and are available online at www.fandango.com, or call the theater at (509) 327-2509, www.garlandtheater.com

CONCERT TICKETS: Tickets and information about “The Red Violin” concerts on October 6 and 7 by the Spokane Symphony are available at https://spokanesymphony.org/concerts-tickets/classics-2-the-red-violin/ or contact the box office at (509) 624-1200. Tickets range from $19-$60

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