World-class violinist masters to “duel” at the Southern Theatre
(Columbus, OH) – ProMusica Chamber Orchestra’s Principal Guest Artist and Creative Partner Vadim Gluzman and Grammy Award nominated musician Phillipe Quint will display their considerable talents in a showdown of immense violin skills at the annual February Soirée event. ProMusica Chamber Orchestra joins the virtuosic violinists, performing pieces by Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and others—the evening promises to be a dazzling display of showmanship and virtuosity at its highest level.
On Saturday, February 11, the Soirée concert starts at 8 p.m. in the Southern Theatre. Preceding the concert at 6 p.m. ProMusica will host a cocktail party and benefit in the historic ballroom of the adjoining Westin Columbus hotel that will feature a selection of scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and delectable desserts, and nine exclusive raffle prizes and a wine raffle.
“Vadim Gluzman and Phillipe Quint are old friends who met as students at Julliard, and have been presenting a variation of the ‘dueling violins’ concert for more than 10 years,” said ProMusica’s Executive Director Janet Chen. “With two internationally acclaimed violinists having fun collaborating and performing with and against each other, this concert promises to be really extraordinary.”
Each time Vadim and Phillipe perform as dueling virtuosos, they choose a new program encompassing both serious and fun repertoires. For this performance, the violinists will kick off their duel with Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for Two Violins in A minor, RV 522; followed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings; 18th century French composer Jean-Marie Leclair’s Sonata for Two Violins in D major, Op. 3, No. 6; 19th century Spanish composer Pablo de Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20 “Gypsy Airs”; and will conclude with late 19th century German composer Moritz Moszkowski’s Concertante for Two Violins and Piano, Op. 71. The audience will be in for a thrilling ride through a wide spectrum of musical tastes.
Friendship and mutual admiration aside, the two violinists have dramatically different musical approaches, which makes for an interesting and dynamic chemistry onstage. “In every possible way you can imagine styles could be different, ours are,” Vadim Gluzman said. “Nothing that he likes, I like; nothing I like, he likes.”
Named as the “next Itzhak Perlman” and one of the most influential violinists in the world, Vadim Gluzman has been ProMusica’s Guest Artist and Creative Partner since 2013. Highlights of the Israeli violinist’s 2016-17 season include appearances in London at The Proms with the BBC Symphony, with the Chicago Symphony, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra Hamburg, the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, and with the Orchestre de Paris. He will also tour the United States with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, including an engagement in New York at Carnegie Hall.
Praised by Daily Telegraph (UK) for his “searingly poetic lyricism,” violinist Philippe Quint‘s dedication to exploring different styles and genres with an award winning discography has solidified him as one of the foremost violinists of today. Receiving several Grammy nominations for his two albums of Korngold and William Schuman Concertos, Mr. Quint is in constant demand worldwide, appearing with major orchestras at venues ranging from the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, to Carnegie Hall in New York. He previous appeared with ProMusica in November of 2013 performing Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor.
Tickets for the Dueling Violins concert alone can be purchased for $35, $55 or $80. Patron Packages, which include the cocktail reception in the Westin Ballroom in addition to the concert, can be purchased at the $500 Diamond level (this new level includes an exclusive brunch with the artists on Sunday, February 12 at Tiffany & Co. at Easton Town Center), the $350 Gold Level, the $275 Silver Level, and the $200 Bronze Level. A portion of each package is tax-deductible. Tickets and more information are available by calling ProMusica at 614-464-0066, or online at www.promusicacolumbus.org.
The 2017 Soirée is presented by American Electric Power and supported by Gold Sponsors Abercrombie & Fitch; Cardinal Health; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease; Porter Wright; Ice Miller LLP; Huntington Bank; Fifth Third Bank; The COR Group of UBS Financial Services; Barbara K. Fergus; Lee Shackelford; Dr. R. Larry Moss and Kris Moss; Ologie and The Westin Columbus.
ProMusica Chamber Orchestra delivers a world-class and unique classical music experience—through innovative chamber orchestra programming, education outreach, audience intimacy, and artistic excellence. Recognized for its commitment to performing new and contemporary repertoire, ProMusica has commissioned 64 new works and has presented more than 110 premieres.
Bringing worldwide talent to Columbus since 1978, ProMusica offers an adventurous musical experience through intimate performances on the stages of the Southern Theatre and the Worthington United Methodist Church. The orchestra, comprised of 37 musicians, showcases homegrown talents, rising stars, and guest artists of international acclaim. Beyond the concert hall, the orchestra is equally at home throughout the community, serving thousands of individuals through key education and outreach programs. Known for its dual traditions of artistic integrity and fiscal responsibility, ProMusica is now in its 38th season.
ProMusica is funded in part through the work of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, The Columbus Foundation, The Reinberger Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the ProMusica Sustaining Board. Media support is provided by WOSU Classical 101 FM.