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ENRICH-0039 – Music: Bach to Black Violin (ENRICH-0039_BACH)

From Bach to Black Violin: The Evolving Music of the Violin and Its Performers

Conjure an image of a violinist. Most likely, you imagined a classically trained performer, wearing black, violin tucked under their chin. And, of course, you wouldn’t be wrong. But today there are as many types of violinists as there are styles of music. Take a mini tour of violin history under the guidance of Colorado Symphony Orchestra violinist Karen Kinzie. Begin with Baroque (think Bach and Vivaldi), then move into Classical (Mozart and Haydn) and the Romantic period (Brahms and Mendelssohn). Wrap up the historical tour by exploring prominent 20th-century composers such as Prokofiev and Glass. In class two, consider some of today’s most surprising and creative performers, such as Turtle Island Quartet, the revolutionary Kronos Quartet, and Black Violin, a groundbreaking classically trained twosome who you will see in concert as part of this course. How are today’s violinists breaking barriers and further influencing the future of music? Each learning session is enhanced by Kinzie’s own violin demonstrations. Conclude by taking your newfound knowledge to the Newman Center Presents performance by Black Violin, described as a “genre-shattering fusion of classical and hip hop.” (Optional bonus session: a preconcert sound check and Q&A!) Come away with a better understanding of violin music through the ages, and deeper appreciation for the violin performers of today. 10% discount to NCP subscribers.

Three sessions
Thur., 7-9 pm, Sept. 14, 21, 2017
NCP performance, Thur., 7:30 pm, Sept. 28,
plus preconcert sound check, time TBA
Location: Room 229, Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for Performing Arts, DU campus


A violinist with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993, Karen Kinzie is also a member of a piano trio and a string trio, and she teaches private lessons to all ages. She graduated from Indiana University, where she studied with James Buswell and Nelli Shkolnikova. As eclectic as this course, Karen’s favorite composers are Brahms and Prokofiev, with a little Coldplay and Sting on the side.
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