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“Four Strads, Four Stories” at the Pantages for Tacoma Philharmonic concert this Friday

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on Oct. 14, 2009 at 10:03 am |
October 14, 2009 10:03 am

Four Strads on couch HIGH REZ
Of all the instrument makers in history, none have attracted so much attention as Antonio Stradivari. This Saturday Tacomans will get a chance to see and hear not one but four instruments made by this iconic Italian craftsman three centuries ago when the Swiss Stradivari Quartet play the Pantages courtesy of Tacoma Philharmonic. The four musicians will tell the stories of the famous folk who owned their two violins, viola and cello (a la “The Red Violin”) as well as playing Schubert, Turina, Bartok and Brahms.

Says Philharmonic director Andy Wood: “After 300 years the Stradivarius mystery remains.  Scientists and scholars still don’t understand why Stradivari’s instruments produce a sound that remains unmatched in tone quality and brilliance.  The Stradivari Quartet brings a story-telling style to their concerts that engages the audience.”

“Four Strads, Four Stories” plays at the Pantages Theater, 901 Broadway, Tacoma at 7:30 p.m. Saturday Oct. 17. Pre-concert lecture begins 6:30 p.m. Tickets $32.50/$42.40/$52.50/$62.50. 253-272-0809, 253-591-5894, www.tacomaphilharmonic.org

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