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13 June – 11 August 2013

Exhibitions: Stradivarius: Events: Concerts

Concerts and Recitals

"The Dawn of the Stradivarius"
James Ehnes violin
La Serenissima
Adrian Chandler director/violin
Sheldonian Theatre
Friday 14 June 2013, 7.30pm
Tickets £5–£42. Booking essential on: or 01865 244806

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Canadian virtuoso and Stradivarius player James Ehnes will perform unaccompanied music by Bach and Paganini on a number of Stradivarius violins- the first time one player has ever had the opportunity to do so in a concert setting. He will also discuss the unique qualities of Stradivarius violins and the sound the produce.

Of playing a Stradivarius violin James Ehnes says: “Performing on a Stradivarius is a dream come true for a string player. The beauty of tone, range of dynamics, and possibilities for tonal nuance one finds in a great Stradivarius is unsurpassed, and the inspiration one receives from working day-in and day-out with one of these marvelous instruments cannot be overstated”

James Ehnes will be followed by award winning period instrument ensemble La Serenissima, performing music from the age of Stradivarius by Vivaldi, Valentini and Navara.

In association with Blackwell’s

Talk & String Quartet

Tickets:£5,booking essential
Telephone or visit Blackwell’s Customer Service Department in the Norrington Room, Blackwell’s
T: 01865 333623

"Stradivari: the Pursuit of Perfection"
With Dr Jon Whiteley, Exhibition Curator
Norrington Room, Blackwell’s, Broad Street, Oxford
Tuesday 23 July, 7.00–8.30pm

Antonio Stradivari is a household name although the instruments that have given him his colossal reputation remain a mystery. There is no simple answer to the splendour of his work. It is based, as all great work is based, on excellent materials and craftsmanship but also on tireless experiment and change. This talk will follow the stages in his long working life as he evolved towards the perfection of his "Golden Period" and beyond.

The evening includes two performances from a string quartet and ticket price includes a glass of wine.