The Heartland Symphony Orchestra will host two violinists for its fall concerts scheduled Oct. 12 in Brainerd, Oct. 19 in Wadena and Oct. 20 in Little Falls.
Leslie Zander and Cristina Seaborn will perform a duet titled "Concerto for Two Violins" by Johann Sebastian Bach.
Zander is in her third year of teaching orchestra at Franklin Junior High School and Mississippi Horizons School in the Brainerd School District and gives private violin lessons with the Brainerd Youth Orchestra Program. While obtaining a degree in music education from the University of Minnesota, Zander continued violin study with Mark Bjork and performed in Symphony Orchestra, Concerto Grosso Ensemble and opera/musical pit orchestras.
Seaborn is the orchestra teacher at Technical High School in St. Cloud. Seaborn has been concert master for three years for the Sonar Orchestra and has performed with the Sweet Potatoes Jazz String Quartet (viola, violin, cello) and Amadeus Chamber Orchestra. A musician of music from bluegrass fiddle to jazz ensemble to chamber orchestra, Seaborn has composed, directed and performed since 1985 from East to West.
Bach wrote the "Concerto for Two Violins" around 1720 and may have been one of the soloists in its first performance. This is Bach's only concerto for two violins; however, he left several in which he combines the violin with various solo instruments.
Michael Steinberg of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra said this about the piece, "It's a work of remarkably expressive intensity. The themes are full of character, irregularities and are presented with tremendous urgency."
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