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Release date: Jan. 22, 2001
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Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Presents Jun-Ching Lin and Robert Spano In A Program On "The Virtuoso Violin"

The Feb. 4 concert in the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta's Emerson Series 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 last year's successful recital by Lin, the violinist also will interact with the audience, providing musical and historical context of the pieces and composers in the program.

The concert will be at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4 in the Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Road on the Emory campus. Tickets are $12 general admission. For information or to order tickets, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050 or send e-mail to

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 of Atlanta, and a member of Emory's music faculty as an affiliate artist. 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," says Lin. It is his personal and professional association with Spano that led to this collaboration, according to Lin. "We went to school together and I was part of the search committee [at the ASO], so I asked him. I was not expecting him to say yes, so I was pleased he accepted. But I also wasn't surprised because he likes playing the piano with other people. He's very collaborative and collegial," says Lin. Although they went to school together, this is the first time the two 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 again," says 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 (1692-1770), the German baroque of Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), the virtuosity of Niccoló Paganini (1782-1840), the heroic style of the Belgian Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931), and the colorful, innovative style of Belgian composer César Franck (1822-1890).

The program begins with Italian violinist and composer Tartini's most famous violin sonata, "Sonata in G minor for violin and basso continuo," or "Devil’s Trill" (Trillo del Diavolo), supposedly inspired by Tartini's dream in which the Devil played it for him. The infamous trill appears in the third movement. Next are two pieces by Telemann, "Fantasy for violin without bass in D Major" and "Fantasy for violin without bass in A Major."

Lin will perform two pieces by Paganini, the Italian violinist widely regarded as the most famous of the virutosos. A child prodigy son of a shopkeeper, Paganini wrote his first sonata at age eight and began composing seriously at age 11. His astounding technique, coupled with some stage tricks (such as playing the "Witches' Dance" on one string after cutting the other three on stage with scissors), made him a sensation across Europe.

One work by Ysaÿe, the renowned Belgian violinist, conductor and composer, will be performed: "Sonata for Violin Solo, Op. 27, No. 6." For the final selection on the program, Spano will again collaborate with Lin as a musical bookend to the first piece. The duo will perform Franck's "Sonata for piano and violin in A Major."

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