A 2008 musical anniversary has passed almost without notice: the 100th anniversary of the death of the great Spanish violinist and composer Pablo de Sarasate.
Violinist Gil Shaham has noticed, and is doing something about it. Shaham is going to Spain next week to record music by Sarasate for a 2009 CD. And tonight (Thursday 11/20), Shaham will be on live national TV, playing some of the gorgeous and virtuosic music by Sarasate, and talking about his musical hero.
Live from Lincoln Center will be broadcast live on many PBS stations tonight, and repeated in the coming days on many other stations. Check you local listings by going to Live from Lincoln Center's page, and using their helpful links.
For a preview of the broadcast, check out these two videos (courtesy of Live from Lincoln Center).
The first is Gil on Sarasate:
And the second is Gil's take on connections between Sarasate and Nicolo Paganini:
I'll be there as announcer and commentator for the Live from Lincoln Center broadcast, but Gil is such a warm and genial presence on stage, he's doing all the introductions. My job will consist mostly of sitting back and enjoying Gil's amazing fiddling, right alongside you!
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Posted by Alex | December 1, 2008 12:40 PM