Sunday, April 12, 2015

Madalyn rocks the London Philharmonic

So, today was rather cool. Marshall Scholars are really quite epic.
Madalyn Parnas, one of my favourite 2012 Scholars (not that I have favourites, of course), just soloed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Philharmonic has a residency with Eastbourne Theatres, so a group of Marshalls and I travelled to the southeastern coastal town for a lovely daytrip. We frolicked a bit on the rocky beach amidst the white chalk cliffs and had a lovely lunch on the deck of a beach café.
Then we went into the Congress Theatre to be wowed by the amazing musicianship of the London Philharmonic, who played some Elgar and Beethoven on their own, and for the main event, Mendelssohn’s violin concerto…with Maddy making glorious, lyrical…I don’t even have a word. It was amazing. I honestly cried five separate times.
Joseph Joachim (19th century violinist) said of this concerto: “The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven’s. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. The richest, the most seductive, was written by Max Bruch. But the most inward, the heart’s jewel, is Mendelssohn’s.” And Mad’s performance certainly lived up to that.
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I’m a very proud Marshall Mama today.

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