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Hilary Hahn 

When: Sun., April 12, 3 p.m. 2015
Price: $35-$112
Violin virtuoso Hilary Hahn’s latest release, out from Deutsch Grammophon, features her characteristically precise and tender readings of Mozart’s Fifth and Vieuxtemps’s Fourth Violin Concertos, recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen under Paavo Järvi. Those works, essentials of the classical literature, have been part of her repertoire since she learned them as a child prodigy, but more recently Hahn has distinguished herself by using her fame to shine a light on less frequently heard work, both old and new. For her stunning Grammy-winning 2013 album In 27 Pieces: The Hilary Hahn Encores, she commissioned short pieces for violin and piano by an impressive and diverse array of composers, from young upstarts like Nico Muhly, Du Yun, and Max Richter to familiar names like Jennifer Higdon, Mark-Anthony Turnage, and David Del Tredici to international figures like Franghiz Ali-Zadeh (Azerbaijan), Bun-Ching Lam (China), and Kala Ramnath (India). The results, designed to be played as encores, are marked by a concentrated power that can be both turbulent and serene—especially when Hahn’s accompanied by her partner on the record, the remarkable and versatile pianist Cory Smythe, who’ll join her here. This afternoon’s program is dominated by Schumann’s Sonata no. 1, Debussy’s Sonata in G Minor, and Bach’s Partita no. 3, but it also includes John Cage’s daring Six Melodies and two pieces from Encores, Lera Auerbach’s "Speak, Memory" and David Lang’s "Light Moving." —Peter Margasak



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