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Westerville Symphony Presents Violinist Lindsay Deutsch

January 24, 2018
Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University is proud to continue its 35th season with the extraordinary artistry of violinist Lindsay Deutsch.  The program takes place at 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street.  New for this concert is an event we are calling “A Conversation with Lindsay Deutsch” taking place at 3 p.m. on  Friday, March 2 in Riley Auditorium at the Battelle Fine Arts Center, 170 W. Park Street. The public is welcome to meet our guest artist in a formal conversation facilitated by music faculty at Otterbein about her career in music.  It promises to be an engaging event and wonderful precursor to her performance on Sunday. 

With her limitless enthusiasm and vast gifts as a performer and entertainer, American violinist, Lindsay Deutsch, has emerged as a charismatic and captivating presence on today’s music scene and is paving the way for today’s artists to reach a whole new generation of audience members. This “one woman show” has reinvented the traditional classical violin recital by playing the great classical repertoire alongside her own unique arrangements of pop, jazz, folk, and rock. Lindsay’s down-to-earth and humorous conversation, in addition to her amazing violin abilities, bridge the classical and popular aspects of music, resulting in an astounding performance of virtuosity, groove, elegance, and energy.  Lindsay Deutsch commissioned Maxime Goulet to write A Beatles Fantasy in 2016.  The three movement virtuosic work explores the three periods of output in the Beatles catalogue and brings in familiar tunes from classic Beatles songs like Hey JudeA Hard Day’s NightYesterdayAll You Need is Love and more.

The concert opens with a dynamic new work by Peruvian composer Gabriela Lena Frank.  Concertino Cusqueño melds together two brief musical ideas: The first few notes of a religious tune, Ccollanan María, from Cusco (the original capital of the Inca empire Tawantinsuyu, and a major tourist draw today) with the simple timpani motif from the opening bars of the first movement of Benjamin Britten’s elegant Violin Concerto. 

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic American composer Leonard Bernstein and we celebrate with a performance of the symphonic suite from his film score On the Waterfront.  In 1954 at the early age of thirty-six, Bernstein’s prowess as one of the leading American composers was recognized by a commission to write the score for one of the most prestigious projects of American film, Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront. The film, starring Marlon Brando and Eva Marie Saint, tells a redemptive story of union corruption on the docks of New York in startlingly intense, personal terms. Bernstein proved equal to the task by producing one of the great scores in Hollywood history, which was nominated for an academy award.  Bernstein's highly evocative and emotional score juxtaposes musical moments of exquisite tenderness and pathos with those of cold savagery. The poignant love theme that emerges in the Andante largamente, representing the Eva Marie Saint character, is one of the most beautiful melodies that Bernstein ever composed.  As a suite separate from the action of the movie, Bernstein hoped it could easily be taken simply as a portrait of life in New York City.  As such, it is one of the most distinctive symphonic portraits of an epic American scene.

For more information about event details please contact Executive Director Hild Peersen at hild@westervillesymphony.org 

About the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University:

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University provides exemplary symphonic performances to audiences in central Ohio, and music education in Westerville and surrounding communities. This season will see collaborations with the Otterbein University Choirs, Westerville Public Library and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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