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Violinist Odin Rathnam Launches New Concert Series

Written by Cary Burkett, Arts & Culture Desk and witf Host | Oct 9, 2012 4:06 PM
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Violinist Odin Rathnam stepped down from his longtime position as Concertmaster of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra at the end of the last season.  However, he will be continuing to perform in the region in a new series of concerts he is launching which he calls Classical Passion.

The series of three concerts begins Sunday, October 28 at 3 pm at the Forum in Harrisburg. Rathnam will be joined by his colleague pianist Robert Koenig to perform a concert which he describes as “an audience thriller”. Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat, K. 454 will be paired with the Suite Italienne by Igor Stravinsky. In addition, Rathnam and Koenig will perform two violin showpieces, Legende by Henri Wieniawksi  and the gypsy-themed Zigeunerweisen by Pablo de Sarasate.

The second concert focuses on chamber music of Brahms and Schumann with quintets by both composers.  It is planned for Sunday, March 17 at 43 pm, again at the Forum in Harrisburg.

The final concert will be Sunday, June 23 with the pairing of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons alongside the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires by Astor Piazzolla.

The series of three concerts benefits the Else Borges Foundation for Arts Initiatives, which Rathnam established in memory of his mother.  Other local non-profit organizations will also receive a part of the proceeds from the concerts.

Tickets and more information are available at a special website.

Below you can listen to our interview with Odin Rathnam.

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