Noree Chamber Soloists

Noree Chamber Soloists Our mission is to bring fresh approach to the chamber music scene, performing innovative and compelling programing from the Baroque to works by living composer.
Jonathan Feldman, Artistic Adviser Eun Sung Lee, Artistic Director of Noree Performing Arts Yoon Lee, Music Director, Noree Perfomring Arts and Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds Yi Qun Xu, Artistic Director of the Traveling Sounds Kenneth Ranshaw, Brandon Garbot, Adelya Nartajieva, Kobi Malkin, violinists Sung Jin Lee, Jenni Seo, Caeli Smith, violist Yi Qun Xu, Mariko Wyrick, cellists

TO INSPIRE AND NURTURE THE HUMAN SPIRIT Traveling Sounds is a mobile chamber music ensemble that reaches out to people's lives with the highest level of classical music.

Mission: Noree Chamber Soloists is a collective of NY-based musicians that presents a unique mixture of chamber music and solo repertoire.

12/12/2019
12/08/2019
Concerto Fest 2019

Join us for our Mozart in the Dark Series II Concerto Fest by Noree Chamber Soloists this Thursday, December 12, 2019! Presented in a concert space transfigured by special sound effects and lights, the program will be offered with cocktails inspired by the program.

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor (Francesca dePasquale, Soloist)
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 in D Major, Opus 101 (Yi Qun Xu, Soloist)
Stamitz Viola Concerto in D Major, Opus 1 (Sungjin Lee, Soloist)

You can get tickets here @ https://noree.org/performances

One of the unique offerings of the Noree Chamber Soloists is arranging concerto works into chamber music so that those beloved works can be enjoyed in an intimate chamber setting. The award-winning musicians of the NCS are the soloists in the beloved Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in D Minor, the gracious Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2, and the virtuosic Stamitz Viola Concerto, each accompanied by a quartet of other talented NCS members.

Performers
Francesca dePasquale, Jennifer Liu, George Meyer, violin

Sungjin Lee, Emily Liu, | Ana Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello

Production
Yoon Lee, Yi Qun Xu, Artistic Directors | Daniel Pettrow, Production Director

Michael Wright, Sound Design | Melody Liu, Media Production Director | Matthew Zullo, Mixologist

Video by: Melody Liu

Noree Chamber Soloists's cover photo
11/28/2019

Noree Chamber Soloists's cover photo

Noree Chamber Soloists will be participating in the #GivingTuesday campaign! This year, Facebook will match up to $7M in...
11/28/2019

Noree Chamber Soloists will be participating in the #GivingTuesday campaign! This year, Facebook will match up to $7M in donations starting at 8 AM EST. Follow us on our page and help us achieve our goal. The money raised will be opening possibilities for more innovative concerts! Click on the #GivingTuesday and select NOREE PERFORMING ARTS INC. ❤️❤️

We had the privilege of returning to our home away from home, Portsmouth, NH this weekend with @stephaniezyzak, @blonde_...
11/18/2019

We had the privilege of returning to our home away from home, Portsmouth, NH this weekend with @stephaniezyzak, @blonde_violist, and @yiqunxu. Thank you @portsmouthathenaeum for having us!
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10/29/2019
DEATH & WONDER

Expect an EXPERIENCE: Classical Music Concert with Neon Lights and Cocktail Pairing?

Noree Chamber Soloists' "Mozart in Dark" series I. Death & Wonder. This Friday, 7:30PM at Opera America. Join us for a unique classical music experience.

Get Your Tickets Here: DEATH & WONDER | Noree Chamber Soloists NYC Mozart in Dark Series

Partnering business: The Expat (Cocktail Design)

Production Daniel Pettrow
Performance Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, Charlie Galante, James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, and Yoon Lee
Film Melody Liu

10/29/2019
FRIDAY, NOV 1, 7:30PM, DEATH & WONDERJoin us for a Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. Join...
10/26/2019

FRIDAY, NOV 1, 7:30PM, DEATH & WONDER
Join us for a Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.⁠

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67⁠
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132⁠

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin⁠
Charles Galante, viola⁠
James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello⁠
Yoon Lee, piano⁠
Daniel Pattrow, production director⁠
Omar Zubair, sound design ⁠
Masha Tsimiring, light design⁠

In Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2—highly dissonant work packed with tension, woe, and at times, feelings of violence—Shostakovich lamented the premature death of his dear friend Ivan Ivanovich Sollertinsky. The last movement, also known as the “Dance of Death” movement, uses the “Jewish Dance” melody to a striking effect. Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 132 was composed just two years before his death. The third movement “Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity,” is a powerful testament to Beethoven’s ability to transcend his afflictions into a musical offering.⁠
Tickets available at www.noree.org/performances⁠

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.Join us at a c...
10/22/2019

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin
Charles Galante, viola
James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello
Yoon Lee, piano
Daniel Pattrow, production director
Omar Zubair, sound design
Masha Tsimiring, light design

#chambermusic #experience #NYC

In Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2—highly dissonant work packed with tension, woe, and at times, feelings of violence—Shostakovich lamented the premature death of his dear friend Ivan Ivanovich Sollertinsky. The last movement, also known as the “Dance of Death” movement, uses the “Jewish Dance” melody to a striking effect. Beethoven’s String Quartet Opus 132 was composed just two years before his death. The third movement “Song of Thanksgiving to the Deity,” is a powerful testament to Beethoven’s ability to transcend his afflictions into a musical offering.
Tickets available at www.noree.org/performances

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Tickets are available at the website (noree.org).

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? The Noree Chambe...
10/19/2019

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space?

The Noree Chamber Soloists presents Death & Wonder, an immersive multidisciplinary interpretation of two chamber music works. We invite you to a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music, the two masterworks by Shostakovich and Beethoven. ⁠Tickets at noree.org/performances

Noree Chamber Soloists is a NY-based chamber music ensemble that is committed to developing the next generation of audiences with a fresh approach to present classical music concerts. ⁠

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? A classical musi...
10/19/2019

Have you listen to a concert in darkness? With terrifying pulsating sound waves as you enter the space? A classical music concert suitable only for adults? ⁠

The Noree Chamber Soloists presents Death & Wonder, an immersive multidisciplinary interpretation of two chamber music works. We invite you to a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music, the two masterworks by Shostakovich and Beethoven. ⁠Link on our website www.noree.org

Noree Chamber Soloists is a NY-based chamber music ensemble that is committed to developing the next generation of audiences with a fresh approach to present classical music concerts. ⁠#experimental #concert #experience

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM.  For age 21 and older.Join us at a ...
10/19/2019

Death & Wonder | an immersive multidisciplinary chamber concert. FRI, NOV 1, 7:30PM. For age 21 and older.

Join us at a concert space transfigured by ambient sound and lights, and further enhanced with cocktails paired to the music.

Shostakovich Piano Trio No. 2 in E Minor, Opus 67
Beethoven String Quartet No. 15 in A Minor, Opus 132

Bela Horvath, Geneva Lewis, Jennifer Liu, violin Charlie Galante, viola, James Kim, Yi Qun Xu, cello, Yoon Lee, piano
Daniel Pettrow, production director, Omar Zubair, sound design, Masha Tsimring, light design

Find Cookie Series ONE!Can you spot NCS mascot doggy, Cookie?#rehearsal for Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor Photo by Dan...
09/28/2019

Find Cookie Series ONE!
Can you spot NCS mascot doggy, Cookie?
#rehearsal for Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor
Photo by Dan Derby | Photographed are Francesca dePasquale, Cookie, Yoon Lee, YiQun Xu, Bethany Hargreaves
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🐶 Have you met NCS mascot doggy, Cookie? Wherever NCS goes, Cookie goes! He is an active participant of our rehearsals a...
09/24/2019

🐶 Have you met NCS mascot doggy, Cookie? Wherever NCS goes, Cookie goes! He is an active participant of our rehearsals and the best audience greeter ever! He makes our music making so much happier. 🎻 Picture by Dan Derby | Pictured are three artistic directors, YiQun Xu (left), Cookie (middle), Yoon Lee (right)
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Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is....
09/24/2019

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."

What is your thought on music this weekend? 🎻🎼 #noreechambersoloists #communication #friendship #mission #sustain #share #support #love

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is....
09/24/2019

Malcolm Arnold: "Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is."

What is your thought on music this weekend? 🎻🎼 #noreechambersoloists #communication #friendship #mission #sustain #share #support #love

Can you feel the energy? 🎻👏⁠------------⁠Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography ⁠⁠
09/13/2019

Can you feel the energy? 🎻👏⁠
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Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography


Can you feel the energy? Audience gives a standing ovation to NCS after the passional Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor pe...
09/13/2019

Can you feel the energy? Audience gives a standing ovation to NCS after the passional Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor performance 🎻👏
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Photo: Ron St. Jean Photography | Pictured: Francesca dePasquale, Bethany Hargreaves, YiQun Xu, and Yoon Lee

After four concerts and a residency in New Hampshire, our 3rd annual Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 has concluded with a...
09/10/2019

After four concerts and a residency in New Hampshire, our 3rd annual Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 has concluded with a big success. Congratulations to all NCS artists! 👏👏👏
(Photo by Dan Derby)

Cookie thinks he is the soloist of #zigeunerweisen for tonight’s concert at South Church
09/07/2019

Cookie thinks he is the soloist of #zigeunerweisen for tonight’s concert at South Church

@fd_violin, @yueunitta, @blonde_violist, @yiqunxu and @cookiesmusichouse sharing Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1 ...
09/07/2019

@fd_violin, @yueunitta, @blonde_violist, @yiqunxu and @cookiesmusichouse sharing Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1 at @southchurchuu. Concert tonight at 7:30PM!
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Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 DAY 1: The classical Things. Haydn Cello Concerto In D Major (YiQun Xu, soloist), Leclair...
09/07/2019

Portsmouth Music Festival 2019 DAY 1: The classical Things. Haydn Cello Concerto In D Major (YiQun Xu, soloist), Leclair Two Violin Sonata Opus 3 No. 5, Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1. All at south church #portsmouth #nh #musicfestival #music #classicalmusic #chambermusic music

Leclair Two Violin Sonata at Historic 18th Century Wentworth Lear Houses @wentworthgardner @noreechambersoloists
08/31/2019

Leclair Two Violin Sonata at Historic 18th Century Wentworth Lear Houses @wentworthgardner @noreechambersoloists

08/30/2019

It’s #Portsmouth time again! We are traveling to Portsmouth, NH for a series of concerts over next two weekends + a residency at @avalochfarm ❤️ Super excited! #noreechambersoloists

Sketches on Noree Chamber Soloists 💙🎻
08/18/2019

Sketches on Noree Chamber Soloists 💙🎻

Where have our NCS artists been during the summer? Artistic Director YiQun Xu also has concluded her residency at Marlbo...
08/13/2019

Where have our NCS artists been during the summer? Artistic Director YiQun Xu also has concluded her residency at Marlboro Music Festival 💛 Artistic Director Yoon Lee, NCS violinist Bela Horvath, Francesca dePasquale, violist Caeli Smith have just concluded their summer at Heifetz International Music Institute as faculty members 🎼 Where have you been this summer?
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Where have our NCS artists been during the summer? Artistic Director Yoon Lee, NCS violinist Bela Horvath, Francesca deP...
08/11/2019

Where have our NCS artists been during the summer? Artistic Director Yoon Lee, NCS violinist Bela Horvath, Francesca dePasquale, violist Caeli Smith have just concluded their summer at Heifetz International Music Institute as faculty members 💛 Artistic Director YiQun Xu also has concluded her residency at Marlboro Music Festival.🎼 Where have you been this summer?
(Photo: Bela Horvath, Yoon Lee | Photography: Peter Mossel Photography)
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Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.🎼(Malcolm Arnold)...
08/09/2019

Music is the social act of communication among people, a gesture of friendship, the strongest there is.🎼(Malcolm Arnold). What is your thought on music this evening? 🎻
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Photo: Sung Jin Lee, viola | Photography: Deborah Moscoso Photography
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Our festival of chamber music and concerto in Portsmouth, NH is only 1 month away! Counting days 💙 Please visit our webs...
08/03/2019

Our festival of chamber music and concerto in Portsmouth, NH is only 1 month away! Counting days 💙 Please visit our website for full program Southchurch @Portsmouth, NH

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September 6-8, 2019
Kristina Bachrach, soprano | Francesca dePasquale, Amelia Dietrich, YuEun Gemma Kim, violins | Bethany Hargreaves, viola | Yi Qun Xu, cello | Yoon Lee piano


Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major (Yi Qun Xu, soloist)
Leclair Sonata for 2 Violins Opus 3 No. 5
Beethoven String Quartet Opus 59 No. 1


Bartok Rhapsody No. 1
Sarasate Zigeunerweisen (YuEun Kim, soloist)
Brahms Piano Quartet in G Minor


Schubert Rondo for Violin and Strings (Francesca dePasquale, soloist)
Schubert Impromptus, D 899, No. 3 in G-flat Major
Schubert The Shepherd on the Rock, D. 965 (Kristina Bachrach, soprano)
Haydn Cello Concerto in D Major (Yi Qun Xu, soloist)
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💙An exciting addition to our artists! We are happy to announce soprano Kristina Bachrach's NCS début at Mostly Schubert ...
07/28/2019

💙An exciting addition to our artists! We are happy to announce soprano Kristina Bachrach's NCS début at Mostly Schubert on Sep 8 during our Portsmouth Music Festival 🎼 Kristina is one of the most in-demand sopranos of our time, having been heard on stages of Marlboro Music Festival, Yellow Barn, American Lyric Theater, Brooklyn Art Song Society, and MetroWest Opera Company, among many. Welcome aboard Kirstina!💙 To learn more ▶️ www.kristinabachrach.com
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How is your summer going? NCS is getting ready for our 3rd Portsmouth Music Festival in Portsmouth, NH. Our power-all-gi...
07/21/2019

How is your summer going? NCS is getting ready for our 3rd Portsmouth Music Festival in Portsmouth, NH. Our power-all-girl band is coming soon!! 💪 www.noree.org/performances

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Their performance praised as "strong, committed and flowed with liquid enthusiasm" and "musicality of a high order" by New York Concert Review, Noree Chamber Soloists is a collective of NY-based musicians that presents a unique mixture of chamber music and solo repertoire. Our mission is to bring fresh approach to the chamber music scene, performing innovative and compelling programing from the Baroque to works by living composer. Our artists are graduates of the top conservatories, including the Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, Curtis Institute, and Yale School of Music, and have participated in many prestigious festivals including Marlboro, [email protected], Verbier, and the Perlman Music Program. As a young ensemble, Noree Chamber Soloists is committed to developing the next generation of audience. Plans for our 2018-2019 NYC concert season include performing in a wide variety of venues, delivering approachable pre-concert talks, post-concert social events. We seek to promote real personal connections and shared experiences with our audiences.

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Music of Sarasate (1844-1908) and Self-Exoticism

This story post is written by Noree Chamber Soloists’ Resident Musicologist @Jung-Min Mina Lee. Mina has earned her PhD in musicology from Duke University with a dissertation on Korean National Identity and Modern Music after World War II. She has taught music theory, history, and criticism at the Montclair State University and Baekseok Arts University in Seoul. Starting this fall, she will teach courses on Music in Modern Korea and K-pop at the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department at Duke University. Parts of this essay were presented during the pre-concert talk at Noree Chamber Soloists’ NYC Concert Series II program on February 15, 2018.

Noree Chamber Soloists’ February concert program was centered around the theme of Romantic exoticism. One of the defining characteristics of Romantic-era music is its focus on expressive and emotional qualities. In order to achieve such qualities, composers engaged with external sources, such as themes from other literary works, artworks, or philosophical thoughts. Composers were also often inspired by sources from less familiar places and evoked milieu of remote places or times using rhythms, harmonies, melodies, or instruments associated with those unfamiliar settings. While this practice, musical exoticism, can be traced as far back as the sixteenth or seventeenth centuries, when trades between and Europe and Middle Eastern or Asian worlds were frequent, the height of musical exoticism can be seen as the second half of the nineteenth century. As composers faced the new era of musical modernism, using foreign sources also served as opportunities for them to explore unusual sounds and techniques.

Although the definition of musical exoticism is seemingly straightforward, if we try to look at it just a little bit deeper than the surface questions such as which composer drew from which culture, or which melody or rhythm borrows from which musical tradition, we run into a myriad of questions that complicate our interpretation. For instance: How much did composers know about the culture they drew from? How much did the audiences know about that culture or what were the stereotypes associated with that culture in the society? Or, what were composers’ motivations when they quoted sounds of specific areas or cultures? As you can see, there are many different ways to think about musical exoticism. (If you are interested in investigating these intricate questions regarding music exoticism, here are some suggested books written by experts on the topic: Georgina Born and David Hesmondhalgh, Western Music and Its Others (2000); Annegret Fauser, Musical Encounters at the 1889 Paris World’s Fair (2009); Ralph Locke, Musical Exoticism (2011); and Locke, Music and the Exotic from the Renaissance to Mozart (2015)).

Pablo de Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie (1883) is a work that presents interesting questions as to how we should understand the composer’s use of “exotic” Spanish dances. Carmen Fantasie draws from a well-loved operaCarmen by the French composer Georges Bizet. Toward the end of the 1800s, opera fantasies were in vogue in the French music scene: violinist-composers often borrowed materials from popular operas and created virtuosic fantasies for themselves to perform. Sarasate, as one of the most prominent violinists in Europe at the time (along with Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) and Eugène Ysaÿe (1858-1931)), and as the epitome of the French salon virtuoso, was interested in expanding the violin repertoire by creating such opera fantasies based on Don Giovanni, Faust, Der Freischütz, La forza del destino, Romeo et Juliet, and Carmen. Among them, Carmen Fantasieis the only work that remains in the violin repertoire today.

Each of the five sections of Carmen Fantasie takes material from different, memorable moments in the opera, which is based on Gypsy and Spanish dances. The dances include Aragonaise (in the first section, Allegro moderato, based on the entr’acte to act 4), Habanera (in the second segment, Moderato, which comes from act 1 “L’mour est un oiseau rebelle”), Zuniga (in the third section, Lento assai, which draws from act 1, and in the fifth, Moderato, from the beginning of act 2), and Seguidilla (in the fourth part, Allegro moderato, based on act 1, “Près des remparts de Séville”). Sarasate basically keeps the original music of the opera and only changes the register or adds various techniques such as glissando, harmonics, pizzicato and various ornaments to make the melodies more flamboyant and idiomatic for the violin.

As you can see, Carmen Fantasie is infused with Spanish dances, but there is an interesting twist to Sarasate’s use of those dance tunes. We must first note that Spanish dance music celebrated in fin-de-siècle French musical circles: in addition to Bizet’s Carmen, we see examples in Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole and Camille Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et Rondo Capriccioso, both dedicated to Sarasate. Now, Sarasate was Spanish himself, but, the opera Carmen was an opera comique written by a French composer (Bizet) who was exoticizing Spanish and gypsy elements. Then, can we call Sarasate’s employment of Spanish dances musical exoticism? And here are more layers to it.

On one hand, although Sarasate was born in Spain, he was remarkably cosmopolitan. He studied at the Paris Conservatoire since the age of twelve, traveled extensively around Europe for his performance career, and was well-connected with and respected by musicians outside of Spain. Naturally, Sarasate was highly aware of musical trends of Western Europe, including using stylized Spanish dances in for the theater. When he used Spanish folk dances in his compositions, he borrowed ideas—techniques and compositional frameworks—from the Parisian musical culture, with which he was deeply involved. We could say that Sarasate composed with Spanish dance elements from the position of a cosmopolitan, almost non-local composer.

On the other hand, it is undeniable that a significant number of Sarasate’s works comprised character pieces based on Spanish dances. In those works, Sarasate drew on dance music from a wide variety of Spanish regions, beyond what was regarded fashionable in Paris. In addition, unlike other European composers or music critics who were exclusively focused on exotic Spanishness, he paid close attention to the specific regional characters of the dances. Finally, unlike other European composers who used Spanish elements mainly for stage works to create certain exotic effects, Sarasate used Spanish music for the solo violin works, which then allowed folk dances to take center stage.

Now, on the receiving end, Sarasate’s music was hardly considered “serious” music. The dominance of the Austro-German musical thoughts and traditions in the European musical world was undeniable at the time, and people thought more highly of sonatas, symphonies, and string quartets than the less substantial, trendy genres such as character pieces and opera fantasies. Because Sarasate presented Spanish dances in the “lesser” genres, few paid attention to the sincerity with which Sarasate engaged with his own culture. In other words, his use of Spanish idioms was regarded as another case of exoticizing Spanishness. Regardless, Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasie remains an important work in the violin repertoire today, not to mention that it is a sure audience pleaser.

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We LOVED the music you shared with us at South Church in Portsmouth last Sunday. Thank you!!