CORVALLIS, Ore. – Concert violinist, recording artist and Milwaukee Symphony Concertmaster Frank Almond will perform at Oregon State University on Tuesday, Nov.17.
Almond will perform with OSU music professor and pianist Rachelle McCabe in a concert to commemorate the 300th anniversary of his rare and celebrated instrument, a 1715 Lipinski Stradivarius. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in The LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.
The concert is part of the new SAC Presents performing arts series sponsored by the School of Arts and Communication at OSU.
Almond made international headlines when his Stradivarius was stolen in an armed robbery following a concert in January 2014. The violin was recovered nine days later, and the story was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered,” the BBC World Service, and Vanity Fair, among others.
Almond and McCabe will perform some of the works from his Avie label recording “A Violin’s Life.” The recording was funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign and debuted on the Billboard Top Ten Classical chart in its first week of release.
The program includes the Sonata in A Major for Violin and Piano by César Franck, considered a classic in the violin and piano sonata repertoire and probably Franck’s best-known composition. Also on the program is Bach’s Ciaccona from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BMV 1004.
Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He is a former concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and has been a guest concertmaster with the London Philharmonic. He is an active solo and chamber musician, performing in the U.S. and abroad.
McCabe appears frequently as a solo recitalist and chamber musician and has performed in the U.S., Canada, Southeast Asia and England. At Oregon State, McCabe directs the piano program and is the artistic director of Corvallis-OSU Piano International and its Steinway Recital Series.
Tickets are $25 in advance or $28 at the door for general admission; and $20 in advance, $23 at the door for seniors, youth and non-OSU college students. OSU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID card. Advance tickets are available at Gracewinds Music and online at TicketTomato.com. Any remaining tickets will be sold at The LaSells Stewart Center beginning at 6:30 p.m. the night of the show.
SAC Presents is a participant in Corvallis Arts for All, a program which offers up to two tickets for $5 each to participants in the SNAP Program with a valid Oregon Trail Card. The tickets may be purchased at The LaSells Stewart Center the night of the concert.