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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Red Violin of Elizabeth Pitcairn

Have violin, will travel could be musician's Elizabeth Pitcairn's motto.

Pitcairn is heading to Lake Tahoe Jan. 19 – 24 for her annual concerts with Toccata. The “Mendelssohn in the Mountains” series is the inauguration of Toccata's seventh season.

Shortly after enchanting music lovers in Tahoe Vista, Incline Village and South Shore, Pitcairn and her legendary red Stradivarius violin are heading to South America and to China for late winter and spring concerts.

“Everything I have worked for in my entire life is coming true,” she said.

Dedication is key to her success as she practices on average five hours daily — even with pieces she knows intimately.

Mendelssohn's Concerto in E minor has been a staple in her repertoire since age 15. Noting how audiences react favorably to the piece's ability to deliver poignancy, a touch of sadness and ultimate joy she still eagerly continues to explore it in search for different nuances to highlight.

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