Linda Rosenthal and her Guadagnini violin
Linda Rosenthal and her Guadagnini violin

Violinist Linda Rosenthal will appear in recital at the Arizona Senior Academy on Tuesday (Feb. 16) at 11:30 a.m.

Rosenthal is the artistic director of “Juneau Jazz & Classics,” an annual festival celebrating its 30th season this year. She is also founder and artistic director of the Lake Placid Chamber Music Seminar in New York, and is professor of Music at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, Alaska, where she makes her home. As a soloist and chamber musician, Rosenthal performs throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

The ASA concert will feature a Brahms Hungarian Dance, Violin Sonatas by Handel and Grieg, Bartok’s Folk Dances, and a Fantasy on Fiddler on the Roof. Rosenthal will be accompanied by pianist Meily Mendez, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona who has won praise from Arizona Senior Academy audiences in previous collaborative performances.

Rosenthal has commissioned and premiered pieces for solo violin, electric violin, violin and piano, violin and narrator, and Glacier Blue, a Concerto for Solo Violin and Big Band. Her solo CDs feature the sonatas of Aaron Copland, Walter Piston and Quincy Porter, favorite violin encores, and Fiddle de Bop, a lively collection of Americana music for violin and piano. She plays a violin made in 1772 in Turin, Italy by G.B. Guadagnini, who is widely considered the third greatest maker after Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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