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Esteemed Violinist Sarah Chang Coming to La Jolla's Athenaeum

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 Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St., La Jolla, CA 92037  See map
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After three enjoyed concerts this fall, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library’s Barbara and William Karatz Chamber Concert Series continues on Thursday, Feb, 20, with the season headliner, violinist Sarah Chang.

“Her gifts are at a level so removed from the rest of us that all we can do is feel the appropriate awe and then wonder on the mysteries of nature. The ancients would certainly have had Ms. Chang emerging fully formed from some Botticellian scallop shell.”  —The New York Times.

Recognized as one of the foremost violinists of our time, Sarah Chang has performed with the most esteemed orchestras, conductors, and accompanists in an international career spanning more than two decades. Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight, Ms. Chang has dazzled audiences with her technical virtuosity and emotional depth.

In the upcoming season, Ms. Chang's appearances in North America will include the New West Symphony, Hawaii Symphony, Alexandria Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Fresno Philharmonic, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Vancouver Symphony, Pacific Symphony and National Philharmonic. Her European engagements will take her to Denmark, the United Kingdom, and Turkey, while, in Asia, she will appear in concert in ShanghaiGuangzhou and Beijing. Highlights from the 2012/13 season included performances with the Cincinnati Symphony, New Jersey Symphony, Ravinia Festival, Aspen Music Festival and the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. As a recital and chamber musician, Ms. Chang regularly travels throughout the world and has performed with such artists as Pinchas Zukerman, Yefim Bronfman, Leif  Ove Andsnes, Yo-Yo Ma, Isaac Stern, Wolfgang Sawallisch, and members of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.  

Ms. Chang’s most recent recording for EMI Classics - her 20th for the label— featured the Brahms and Bruch violin concertos with Kurt Masur and the Dresdner Philharmonie, and was received to excellent critical and popular acclaim. Her 2007 recording of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons attracted international commendation, with BBC Music Magazine stating: “She has never made a finer recording.”  She has also recorded Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 and Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No.1 live with the Berliner Philharmoniker under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle; Fire and Ice, an album of popular shorter works for violin and orchestra with Placido Domingo conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker; the Dvorák Violin Concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis; as well as several chamber music and sonata discs with artists, including pianists Leif Ove Andsnes and Lars Vogt.

Along with Pete Sampras, Wynton Marsalis, and Tom Brady, Ms. Chang has been a featured artist in Movado’s global advertising campaign “The Art of Time.” In 2006, Ms. Chang was honored as one of 20 Top Women in Newsweekmagazine’s “Women and Leadership, 20 Powerful Women Take Charge” issue. In March 2008, Ms. Chang was honored as a Young Global Leader for 2008 by the World Economic Forum (WEF) for her professional achievements, commitment to society, and potential in shaping the future of the world.

In 2012, Sarah Chang received the Harvard University Leadership Award, and in 2005, Yale University dedicated a chair in Sprague Hall in her name. For the June 2004 Olympic games, she was given the honor of running with the Olympic Torch in New York, and that same month, became the youngest person ever to receive the Hollywood Bowl's Hall of Fame award. Also in 2004, Ms. Chang was awarded the Internazionale Accademia Musicale Chigiana prize in SiennaItaly. She is a past recipient of the Avery Fisher Career Grant, Gramophone’s Young Artist of the Year award, Germany’s “Echo” Schallplattenpreis, Newcomer of the Year honors at the International Classical Music Awards in London, and Korea’s NanPa award. In 2011, Ms. Chang was named an official Artistic Ambassador by the U.S. Embassy.

Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. Only members at the Donor level and above receive reserved seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. All guest names are kept on a will-call list at the door. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.
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