When I watch and listen to an artist perform am amazing composition, there are times when I am totally thrilled. What does it take? Preparation, confidence, execution, and visible enjoyment by the performer.
So it was earlier today when I watched violinist Hilary Hahn play the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven with the Detroit Symphony. She worked on this. Usic when she was a student at Curtis. And today, her sound progresed and emerged as an experienced professional that she is.
Ms. Hahn is 38 years old, she is married, and the mother of a young baby girl named Zelda.
Yes, she is a terrific musician. And still it was a tribute to the excellence of the performance that the audience interrupted the music at the end of the first movement Cadenza to let Ms. Hahn know how much we all appreciated her interpretation.
Here is the video from this terrific performance: