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 Lins 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 wasnt surprised because he likes playing
the piano with other people. Hes 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 Lins 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 conductorhe
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 email@example.com.