Gil Shaham, Solo Violin
Philip J. Kass, curator of string instruments at Curtis Institute of Music, is one of the most sought-after expert appraisers of fine classic stringed instruments and bows in the world. His fascinating talk—a perfect segue way into a series of concerts performed on a number of rare Italian violins in February—focuses on what really makes a Strad or an Amati such special instruments compelling people to pay millions for them.
The Oscar-winning director whom The N.Y. Times has called "America's foremost filmmaker of documentaries on classical music” profiles Robert Mann, founding member and first violinist of the Juilliard String Quartet for over 50 years. Cleveland theatrical premiere.
This full-bodied melodrama tells of an ambitious but dirt-poor violinist who becomes involved with his wealthy, lonely, emotionally unstable patroness. Isaac Stern dubbed the violin playing. 35mm print preserved by the Library of Congress.
The life of the legendary, Russian-born violin virtuoso is recounted in this new film that even features clips from Heifetz' home movies.