The High Desert Chamber Music 2015-16 season presented by Shevlin Dental Center continues with the first event in the Spotlight Series featuring violinist Frank Almond joined by pianist Rachelle McCabe in a recital titled A Violin’s Life – the Lipinski Stradivarius. This concert will take place on Friday, November 20, 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Bend and is brought to you by the Oregon Cultural Trust.
Most of this program repertoire was specifically chosen for the historical connection with the Lipinski Stradivarius that he performs on.
Crafted in 1715, this year marks the 300th anniversary of the instrument. In 2013, his recording of the same name charted in the Billboard Top 10 in its first week of release.
This concert will take place on Friday, November 20, 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church in Downtown Bend and is brought to you by the Oregon Cultural Trust. Join Almond for a pre-concert talk about the Lipinski Stradivarius and the program beginning at 6:45pm. This event is free for all ticket holders. Tickets will be available at the door, but seating is limited, so advance purchase is highly recommended.
The repertoire on the program includes works by Tartini, Bach, Rontgen-Maier, Rorem, and he will also be joined by HDCM founder and violinist Isabelle Senger for the incredible Moszkowski Suite for Two Violins and Piano
Violinist Frank Almond is the Concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and holds two degrees from the Juilliard School. He is currently on the faculty as Artist/Teacher of Violin at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He continues an active schedule of solo and chamber music performances in the US and abroad and has been a member of the chamber group An die Musik in New York City since 1997. He founded and directs the much loved and somewhat notorious Frankly Music Chamber Series based in Milwaukee.
On January 27, 2014, the “ex-Lipinski” Stradivari was stolen from Almond in an armed robbery after a concert. The violin was recovered nine days later and the story continues to make headlines around the world, most recently with NPR’s All Things Considered and a major investigative feature in Vanity Fair.