A 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.