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Woohoo Im going, 13 bux for the cheap seats!!!

Friday, November 1 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m.

Sunday, November 3 at 3 p.m.

Ohio Theatre

Pinchas Zukerman, Guest Conductor and Violin

HANDEL Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 11, A Major

J.S. BACH Concerto No. 1 in A Minor for Violin and Orchestra, BWV 1041

HAYDN Concerto in C Major for Violin and Orchestra

HAYDN Symphony No. 101 in D Major, "Clock"


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Geezer, glad you could make it!

Mr Zukerman looked like a kid in a candy shop all night, didn't he?

It really looked like he totally loved what he was doing!

After asking for him to sign my Vieuxtemps 5 CD he recorded(my favorite recording of my favorite concerto), I was brave enough to ask Mr Zukerman what year his violin was made! He said "17... .....42" I then asked "Guarneri"? he said "yeah" (write that one in the history books). I felt bad about asking him because he seemed like he didn't want to be bothered, but I was so greatful!

Geesh, that violin sounded wonderful! The program was entirely chamber music and I was sitting in the 4th row so I was not able to evaluate how loud a violin it was ot how well it could be heard over an entire orchestra. HKV said that is is not a very loud concert violin, but I love that dark tone, my favorite tone of all the Guarneri's I have heard (I like the sound of his violin more than Stern or Szeryng even).

Even though alot of people criticise a soloist for playing Baroque music without gut strings and with vibrato, I loved the performance. He proved again his ability to speak with every note (in my opinion). What was being played was not difficult, but was played with such a beautiful vibrato and phrasing and tone. He has such a unique and beautiful vibrato, the way he shaped every note is not really able to be put to words.

His playing was incredibly expressive, colorful and emotional. I can see how a virtuoso could be disapointed with his playing, but Zukerman is not a virtuoso but a musician who plays with feeling instead of trying to blow you away with a million notes executed cleanly.

The best part of the night was the cadenza of the Haydn Concerto 1, for a minute he showed his real colors and let it all hang out.

When I said I would rather see Zukerman than Bell or Vengerov, or Hahn well its not by much as my personal favorite living violinists (in order) include:

Kyung Wha Chung












The difference between these soloists is style, is one better than the other? No not really. Its just my personal preferences.

In my book, I just saw and met the 5th best soloist in the world! To go with that, he plays my favorite violin in the world as I prefer the sound of the right Guarneri over a Strad.

My 2c

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Others know more than I do. But to my best knowledge, he teaches at the Manhattan School of Music where he has worked very hard to develop the "Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program," or some such thing. He is all over the place performing and teaching, so one wonders how much he can devote to any one thing (I guess that's my only criticism of the guy). His Master Classes are famous (or infamous--who wants to see young men cry?) though my daughter survived her performance before him--learning as well as gaining some self-esteem. (She claims she would never want to study from him, however).

His bow grip is Galamian. "Wrap your fingers." No shoulder pads allowed.

He tends to be old-school in his interpretations ("This is Bach --NOT PAGANINI!!!"). I heard his Brahms Concerto recording with Barenboim, and it is almost shocking in its classicism--nothing gross at all in it, anywhere; restrained tempos; restrained vibrato. His Mozart is fabulous (saw him conduct a mostly Mozart program & he played the Turkish Concerto & did a "Romance"--and encored with a gloriously spirited 3rd mvnt from the Mendelssohn violin concerto!! After intermission, he led Mendelssohn's "Italian" symphony. That was a concert!).

I saw him do Tchaik. back in his puppyhood, with Zubin Mehta & LA Phil--breathtaking!

His recordings of the Beethoven Trios w/ Barenboim & DuPre reamin my standard.

I love his viola playing. He and a couple of others ( Kim K., Geraldine Walther) define my concept of the viola sound. He plays it as if it is a different--not merely bigger-- instrument than a violin (imagine!) and I love that.

Though he may not be my absolute favorite violinist, I really admire the guy in so many respects.


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I thought for sure this thread would die but its nice to see some fans other than myself.

I think he is a great violist, loved the Live from Lincon Center video he did of the Mozart Sinfonia Concertante with Stern!

I have heard people say Guarneri's are hard to play, maybe because you need longer fingers to play them? If that is the case, who better to play a Guarneri then a violist?

With respect to teaching, the link I mentioned initially:


confirms that "...He also chairs the Pinchas Zukerman Performance Program at the Manhattan School of Music."

Now, off to practice


Scott _/ _/ _/

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