Daniel Hope to lead program tracing violin’s history

Posted on: October 26, 2018

“Violinist Daniel Hope returns to the Bay Area this weekend with a program designed to trace the evolution of the violin during one of its most significant periods of development,” writes Georgia Row in Tuesday’s (10/23) Mercury News (California). “ ‘Air: A Baroque Journey,’ brings the celebrated British musician and a small ensemble of his fellow string players to Herbst Theatre on Oct. 27 … playing on modern instruments with Baroque bows…. Hope explained, ‘While the origins of the violin can be traced back thousands of years to Mongolia and India, it was the Italians, and most importantly, Andrea Amati in the mid-16th century, to whom we can almost certainly attribute the creation of the violin in its modern form.’ … Hope, who is also the music director of the Bay Area’s own New Century Chamber Orchestra, will introduce each work from the stage, highlighting dancing songs, drinking songs and music of love and war, with particular focus on Italian composers Andrea Falconieri, Nicola Matteis and Antonio Vivaldi. Works by Handel, LeClair, Ortiz, Westhoff and Uccelini are also included. … Audiences can expect a little Bach  … ‘whose music remains for me today more modern than that of anyone else,’ says Hope.”

Posted October 26, 2018