A recent musical experience served as a reminder of why we play and listen to music, and its power to bring us together and uplift us.  At a difficult time, when we are so divided and there is so much fear and anger, a small audience in Somerville gathered last week to share in the beauty of music and the comfort of hearing it together.

The Somerville Public Library has been kind enough to host a second season of Invitation to Bach and Ysaye, a community lecture recital series.  These concerts are particularly meaningful because they are an opportunity to really interact with audiences Continue reading

An “Old World” Violin Recital

With great pleasure, I would like to announce a pair of recitals – December 11 in Boxford and December 13 in Cambridge – with a fascinating take on the “Old World” violin recital and a very special program from the heart.

The violin has often been called the instrument that most resembles the human voice, that pulls the heart strings, that makes dignified people weep!  This is because of it’s expressive power and its vast, varied repertoire.  There is a great tradition of violin recitals that take listeners on a journey Continue reading

The “Amazing Rep” Recital – 6/26 & 6/29

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With great pleasure, I’d like to officially announce a pair of recitals on June 26 and 29 – and if you are reading this blog post, you are very welcome and invited to come!

June 26, 3:00 PM, Second Congregational Church of Boxford

June 29, 7:30 PM, First Church in Cambridge

Click on either link above to order tickets.

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New England Bach Festival


Every fall, a collection of musicians from Vermont, New York, and Boston gathers in Marlborough, Vermont, to play Bach.  I have been blessed to play in the New England Bach Festival for the last four years, and would like to tell you something about these concerts, which have been among the most powerful musical and personal experiences of my life.

Blanche Moyse, who passed away in 2011 at the age of 101, was the beloved founder of this tradition.  A respected European violinist and interpreter of Bach’s music, she moved from Paris to Brattleboro, VT in 1949.  She then spent the next six decades Continue reading

Invitation to Bach and Ysaye

Please accept a warm invitation to a series of informal lecture recitals I will be presenting this season, featuring solo violin music by Bach and Ysaye.

The first performance, on the “Back to Back Concert Series” of the Winchester Music School (October 18, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Winchester), featured Bach’s E Major Partita and Ysaye’s Ballade.

A lovely and enthusiastic audience of music lovers, concert goers, and community members filled the venue, and it was exciting and refreshing to interact directly with an audience, tell some of my favorite stories about this music, and of course to perform such masterworks live!

There is something intimate and powerful in talking with an audience and playing solo works in a recital venue, where the audience and performer are usually relatively close to one another.  Through stories and proximity, both player and listener start to see each other as real people – something that is easily lost in our day of digital recordings, celebrities, and gigantic concert halls.  Add to that the sound of the solo violin, which is so stunning and captivating when heard close-up and live!

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