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Palo Alto Philharmonic performs 'Love Stories' concert Saturday

The Palo Alto Philharmonic’s Valentine’s Day concert, “Love Stories,” scheduled 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cubberley Theatre, features solo violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn playing the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius.

She plans to perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto at the concert; the program also includes Rossini’s Overture to “Barber of Seville” and Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet: Suite No. 2”.

The Red Violin, made in 1720 by Antonius Stradivarius, disappeared for 200 years after its creation in Cremona, Italy. It surfaced in 1930 when purchased by an heir to composer Felix Mendelssohn. The lingering mystery that surrounded the famous instrument inspired the movie “The Red Violin.” In 1990, Pitcairn’s grandfather won the violin in an auction and gifted it to then-16-year-old Pitcairn, who began playing the violin at age 3.

Pitcairn has since become an accomplished concert violinist, performing in venues throughout the U.S. and around the globe, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and the Kimmel Center. As president and artistic director of the Luzerne Music Center, Pitcairn now trains gifted young musicians in New York.

Lara Webber, the philharmonic’s new music director, conducts the concert.

The Cubberley Theatre is located at 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Tickets are $10-$22.

For tickets and more information, visit paphil.org.

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