Doors open at 7:00 pm
$50 for Post-Concert Reception AND Concert | $20 FOR CONCERT ONLY
Seating Capacity: 300
Tickets can be purchased ONLINE. Tickets will also be available at the door on 3.23.12. For additional information call 267.502.4864.
Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn (pictured above) playing the famed 1720 “Red Violin”; Curtis Institute Alumni Yumi Kendall (Cello), Hannah Jin Cole (Violin), Jungeun Kim (Piano); and the Bryn Athyn College Ensemble will once again raise funds for a Bryn Athyn College music program while paying tribute to Lachlan Pitcairn, a retired performing cellist and one of the area’s preeminent backers of classical music. Mr. Pitcairn, 89, is the seventh of nine children of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn - whose family home now houses Glencairn Museum - and a grandchild of industrialist John Pitcairn. A prominent supporter of classical music in the region, Pitcairn today assists the Museum with its concert series as well. The program will include works by Vivaldi, Passacaglia, Tchaikovsky and a piece which Ms. Pitcairn will announce on stage.
For an extra fee the audience is invited to meet and greet the performers at a post-concert reception where wine and dessert will be served.
In hopes of providing students with further opportunities to study classical music, Bryn Athyn College has established the Lachlan Pitcairn Music Fund to generate sustaining income and support for the new Bryn Athyn College Ensemble. This fund will allow the College to provide scholarship and music education to its students for years to come, and will “further promote music in our community,” said Hannah Jin Cole in a recent interview. Ms. Cole has won numerous competitions, is a former member of The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a substitute member of The Baltimore Symphony, and is a co-coordinator of this event. This fundraising concert aims to build a sustainable music scholarship, said Cole. “It is my goal to attract talented music students with a passion for music and offer them an opportunity to perform.”
Elizabeth Pitcairn, the great-niece of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, has performed to rave reviews with some of the world’s top orchestras, and has recorded several critically acclaimed CDs. She plays the red Mendelssohn Stradivarius, which she acquired through Christie’s Auction in 1990, and which is said to have inspired the Academy Award-winning film, “The Red Violin.” She collaborated with Lionsgate Films for a documentary on the Red Violin, with interviews by Pitcairn and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.
In addition to Pitcairn, the concert will feature Jungeun Kim, a prize-winning pianist who has performed worldwide and is a faculty member at the Curtis Institute; and Yumi Kendall, the Assistant Principal Cello of The Philadelphia Orchestra. Lloyd Smith, veteran cellist of Philadelphia’s Grammy-nominated chamber music ensemble, the Wister Quartet, and member of The Philadelphia Orchestra from 1967 to 2003 has said of Kendall, “Yumi is a wonderfully gifted cellist, with great expressive power, exquisitely developed technical powers and a delightful personality.”