Violinist Peter Sheppard Skærved will premiere new Michael Alec Rose piece at Blair

Fuze Arts; Kreutzer Quartet at the South London GalleryA very amazing violinist, Peter Sheppard Skærved, is playing at Blair tonight. The last time he was here, he had the audience sit on the stage with him as he played both baroque music (on a baroque bow) and Paganini (using a modern bow) with equal authority and conviction. It will be interesting to see what he does tonight.

His program is fascinating. He will present the world premiere of Blair Composer Michael Alec Rose’s Preamble. This is the first of a series of pieces that Rose is composing about the Dartmoor area in England. The work finds its inspiration in Rose’s and Skærved’s shared passion for hiking.

Skærved is a man of many talents. In addition to being a virtuoso violinist, he is also a painter. Tonight, he will perform Australian composer Sadie Harrison’s Gallery, which is a reaction to several of the violinist’s art works.

The program will also feature excerpts from Giuseppe Tartini’s Sonate Piccolo, which the largest the largest integrated violin work ever composed. (The complete piece, which Skærved is now in the process of recording as part of a five-CD set, lasts six hours.)

I interviewed Skærved for this week’s Nashville Scene. You can read the story here.

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About John Pitcher

John Pitcher is the chief classical music, jazz and dance critic as well as co-founder of ArtsNash. He has been a classical music critic for the Washington Post, the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle, National Public Radio’s Performance Today (NPR), and the Nashville Scene. His writings about music and the arts have also appeared in Symphony Magazine, American Record Guide and Stagebill Magazine, among other publications. Pitcher earned his master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, where he studied arts writing with Judith Crist and Phyllis Garland. His work has received the New York State Associated Press award for outstanding classical music criticism.