Music of the Spheres

May 10, 2014, 8pm
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Rachel Barton Pine, Violin

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"The transformation of the NBSO over the last several years has been extraordinary yet our research shows that there are still many people who don't know about us," said NBSO CEO David Prentiss. "We want to ensure that everybody interested in classical music in our region has a chance to hear for themselves how good of an orchestra we are, and also to experience the world-class guest artists who perform with us."

To receive the special offer of two free tickets, call the NBSO office at 508-999-6276.

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Congratulations to Education Director Terry Wolkowicz who was named New Bedford Woman of the Year! Read the Standard-Times article here.

Our 2013-14 SchoolsMusic! program is getting rave reviews from students and teachers alike! Read the recent Standard-Times article about our highly acclaimed music education program that brings a trio of NBSO musicians into schools to perform a live, interactive, arts-integrated program fro students in grades 2-5. This year's shared concept focuses on the concept of symmetry and the ways in which a musical shape or melody and a geometric shape can be transformed while still maintaining its original shape or measurement.

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Music of the Spheres

Saturday, May 10, 2014 | 8:00pm

Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
New Bedford, MA

Rachel Barton Pine, Violin | website

Max Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

Gustav Holst: The Planets, Op. 32

“Barton is the real thing, a prodigious talent with obvious personality and a clear-eyed vision. Her technical skills can make the jaw drop. She has a full, singing sweet tone and plays with a confidence and élan that make an audience's heart soar.”

Chicago Sun-Times

Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46

The world premiere of the Scottish Fantasy was performed by the great violinist Joseph Joachim, with Bruch conducting. According to Bruch, Joachim played the piece “carelessly, with no modesty, very nervously, and with altogether insufficient technique.” Fortunately, the piece survived that first performance! The official title is “Fantasy for Violin with Orchestra and Harp, with Free Use of Scottish Folk Melodies,” the result of Bruch’s love of Scottish folk songs.

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