On November 16, the Fremont Symphony Orchestra will be featuring two extraordinary soloists performing on two extraordinary instruments. Evan Drachman and Elizabeth Pitcairn will be featured at the Lander High School auditorium at 7 pm.
Mr. Drachman has performed several times with the Symphony and has performed around the world with orchestras and in recitals. He performs on the “Piatigorsky” cello. The cello was created by the famous string instrument maker, Stradivarius. It is named for Gregor Piatigorsky, Drachman’s grandfather who was a famous Russian-born cellist. He fled Russia with a group of artists on a cattle train in order to continue his music studies in the west when he was young.
Ms. Pitcairn performs on the “Red Violin,” another Stradivarius instrument. The violin inspired the 1999 Academy Award-winning film by the same name. She began studying violin when she was three years old and performed her first concerto with orchestra at fourteen. She has also performed around the world as a soloist and chamber artist.
According to Rebecca Murdock, FSO conductor, the two virtuoso performers will be featured on the Johannes Brahms “Double Concerto.” The Concerto was Brahms’ last work (1887) for orchestra and written to feature cellist, Robert Hausmann and Brahms’ “estranged” friend, violinist, Joseph Joachim. Joachim happened to be one of the owners of the “Red Violin” and Brahms was hoping to be reconciled to him through compositional “gesture.”
In addition, the FSO will perform the “Grand March” from Richard Wagner’s Tannhäuser, “Symphony No. 1” by Rimsky Korsakov, and the “Ballet Suite” by Dmitri Shostakovich.
The FSO has been conducted by Rebecca Murdock since the 1970s. The orchestra has grown and developed into a well-respected performance ensemble featuring internationally acclaimed soloists who perform frequently with the 50-piece ensemble.
Tickets may be purchased at the door for $10 for adults, $20 for families, and $5 for students.