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Dueling Violins.

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Rafa Shelby web sqRafa Prendergast and Shelby Yamin ~ violin
Cullen O'Neil ~ cello
Kevin Devine ~ harpsichord

Join us for an afternoon of stimulating and friendly rivalry where two violinists attempt to outdo each other with their sparkling technique and expressivity. As the competition heats up, each violinist attempts to win over the audience with a virtuosic solo, but in the end, they realize that the joy of music lies in their combined sound, not in their individual prowess.

Violinist Shelby Yamin brings signature vivacity to performances across the globe, from the historic state rooms of George Washington's Mount Vernon to the storied chapel at Versailles. Equally adept on modern and Baroque violin, Shelby has appeared as a soloist with Philharmonia Baroque Chamber Players, the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Tafelmusik Winter Institute, and as guest concertmaster of the 2019 Berwick Academy of the Oregon Bach Festival.

Raised in Denver, Colorado, violinist Rafa Prendergast (they/them) is an active performer of works dating from the early 17th century through the present day. Rafa is a core member of NYC-based ensemble Nuova Pratica with whom they perform regularly both around the city and across the country. Rafa, Shelby, Cullen, and Kevin have loved playing together since their time at Juilliard’s Historical Performance program.

 

1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early music specialists from the metropolitan area.

Time: Thursdays, 1:15–2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

Concerts are in person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.