Geneva Lewis, Stradivarius Violin - concert, Pro Musica

Sunday, January 16, 5pm
st Pails Church, Cardo 6
$400, $600, tickets

The audience is in for a treat when 22-year-old violin virtuoso Geneva Lewis makes her San Miguel debut, playing on the 1714 “Joachim-Ma” Stradivarius and accompanied by pianist Albert Cano Smit, on Sunday, January 16 at 5 PM, inside St. Paul’s Church. Seating will be socially distanced at a maximum of 50% capacity, and standard Covid hygiene protocols will be in place.

Click here to watch a short video of Geneva Lewis playing.

The priceless Stradivarius Lewis plays was owned and played by the great 19th century violinist, Joseph Joachim. “Along with the endless inspiration I have drawn from the instrument itself,” Lewis says, “I’ve found myself profoundly impacted,” by its history. “It’s genuinely unbelievable to imagine that I’m playing on the violin that the Brahms Violin Concerto was premiered on, among many other jewels of the violin repertoire.”

The New Zealand-born Lewis made her solo debut at age 11 with the Pasadena Symphony, and has gone on to perform with orchestras around the world. She began playing chamber music as a member of the renowned Lewis Family Trio with her siblings, Nathan (piano) and Rochelle (cello). She established the Callisto Piano Trio, the youngest ensemble ever to medal in the 43-year history of the prestigious Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Da Camera Society in Los Angeles. Lewis received a 2021 Avery Fisher Career Grant and was Grand Prize winner of the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Competition. The Violin Channel calls her “a musician of consummate artistry whose performances speak from and to the heart.”

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The Stradivarius violin—on loan from the New England Conservatory, where she is in the Artist Diploma program—and its history has inspired Lewis “to play a program of pieces that are intimately tied to Joseph Joachim and his Stradivarius.” The program opens with Robert Schumann’s Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Piano in A minor, continues with Clara Schumann’s Three Romances, Opus 22, and the first half concludes with the Ciaccona from Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor.

“Each piece was either written for [Joachim], by him, or by a close friend of his,” says Lewis. “The exception is the Bach Ciaccona, which I’ve chosen to include as it was a concert favorite of his—in fact, violinists everywhere have Joachim to thank for bringing [Bach’s] treasured Sonatas and Partitas back into popularity.”

The second half of the program starts with Joseph Joachim’s own Romance in B-flat major, followed by Brahms’s Sonata No. 3 in D minor. “It’s almost certain that each piece was played at some point on this violin, and shared with each legendary composer,” says Lewis. “To me, it brings the past much closer, and makes these great artists feel like real people, rather than mythologized icons.”

Tickets for the concerts at St. Paul’s are $400 and $600 pesos donation each, and are on sale through our website. There is limited seating for this concert, so please book early.

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Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.org, or contact us at promusicasma@aol.com.

Michael Pearl.
President, Pro Musica.

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