Anne Akiko Meyers brought her
1741 "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesù to National Public Radio's headquarters in Washington D.C. to perform in one of their Tiny Desk concerts with pianist Max Levinson.
Released last week, the concert, featuring works by Philip Glass, Camille Saint-Saens and Morten Lauridsen, is almost a little prelude to a concert Meyers will be giving on Tuesday at a much-larger venue, the Hollywood Bowl (which seats 17,500!) On Wednesday Anne will perform Glass's Violin Concerto No. 1 with the LA Phil and conductor Karen Kamensek at the Hollywood Bowl. (Click here for tickets to that one!) Glass, who is 86, also is currently writing a yet-to-be-named piece for Anne.
Glass wrote five "Metamorphoses" for piano. Meyers fell in love with these works and asked the composer for a violin-and-piano arrangement, so Glass's collaborative pianist Michael Riesman created the arrangement performed here. She also performs "The Swan" from the Carnival of the Animals (1886), originally written for cello and piano - and the final piece is an arrangement of Morten Lauridsen's choral work, "Dirait-On."
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