Remember “The Red Violin?” That lusciously colored, lovingly-made instrument that (supposedly) wreaked death and evil in the lives of everyone who played it? Well, James Garlick doesn’t have one. Instead, the associate concertmaster of the Northwest Sinfonietta will play its music on his own violin at the Tacoma Art Museum this Saturday at 7:30 p.m., proving once and for all that you can play a terrific instrument and still be a nice person (and alive.)
For those who don’t remember the 1997 film, “The Red Violin” followed the course of an apparently magical instrument made in 1681, whose owners throughout the centuries (and continents) suffered tragedy upon tragedy. The score by Pulitzer-winning American composer John Corigliano won an Oscar, and it’s highly popular.
So no wonder the Sinfonietta is marketing their first TAM concert around it. (Subsequent concerts in the series play on the theme: the Golden Trumpet, the Silver Flute.) The program includes Corigliano’s music, obviously, but also other solo works like Bach’s Partita no. 2 in d minor and Bartok’s Solo Sonata. Then there are two sonatas with piano by Debussy and Charles Ives. Read more »