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January 29, 2001

Lin, ASO's Spano featured
in 'The Virtuoso Violin' recital

By Deb Hammacher

The Emerson Series’ Feb. 4 concert of the Emory Chamber Music Society features violinist Jun-Ching Lin in collaboration with pianist and incoming Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano in a program dubbed “The Virtuoso Violin.” In a follow-up to Lin’s successful recital last year, the violinist will interact with the audience, providing musical and historical context of the pieces and composers in the program.

Spano, in his first Atlanta performance outside the ASO, will collaborate with Lin on the first and last pieces of the program. Lin is assistant concert master of the ASO, a founding member of the Emory Chamber Music Society and an affiliate artist in the music faculty. Spano is the music director designate for the ASO; his term as music director officially begins in September.

“The program is a survey of violin technique, which is why it is so diverse in terms of styles and dates of composers,” Lin said, adding that it was his personal and professional association with Spano that led to this collaboration.

“We went to school together, and I was part of the search committee [at the ASO], so I asked him,” Lin said. “I was not expecting him to say yes, but I also wasn’t surprised because he likes playing the piano with other people. He’s very collaborative and collegial.”

Although they both studied at the Curtis Institute of Music, this is the first time Lin and Spano will collaborate musically.

“Jun-Ching Lin’s concert and conversation last year was so well received that we had customers calling to make sure he was doing another one like it,” said Kendall Simpson, director of Music at Emory. “Jun-Ching thought it would be exciting for the audience to have Robert join him. Robert is not only an accomplished conductor—he is a very fine pianist. So we are pleased our patrons will have the opportunity to hear him in action with an Atlanta Symphony colleague.”

The program covers the technical innovations of Giuseppe Tartini, the German baroque of Georg Philipp Telemann, the virtuosity of Niccoló Paganini, the heroic style of the Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe, and the colorful, innovative style of Belgian composer César Franck.

The concert will be Sunday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in the Perform-ing Arts Studio. General admission is $12. For information or to order tickets, call the Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to


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