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Violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn joins Bucks Symphony in concert

The Bucks County Symphony Orchestra, under the leadership of Music Director Gary S. Fagin, will perform its annual Winter Concert at Central Bucks High School South in Warrington, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24.

The BCSO welcomes violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn, as she returns to her hometown for a performance of Henryk Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2 in D minor.”

Pitcairn has earned a reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists, having performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Academy of Music and at such prestigious venues as Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Kimmel Center.

She performs with one of the world’s most legendary instruments, the “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius of 1720, said to have inspired the Academy Award–winning film “The Red Violin.”

Born in Bucks County to an accomplished musical family, Pitcairn began playing the violin at age 3 and made her debut with orchestra at age 14. She attended the Marlboro Music Festival and is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where she later taught, and the Colburn School in Los Angeles.

Pitcairn serves as president and artistic director of the Luzerne Music Center, which provides training for gifted young musicians in upstate New York. She also is a frequent performer for charitable events.

The BCSO opens the concert with Johannes Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,” premiered by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in 1880. The concert concludes with Edward Elgar’s “Enigma Variations,” composed in 1899.

Tickets, at $18 in advance, $20 at the door and $15 for seniors, can be purchased in Doylestown at Rutherford’s Camera Shop and the Doylestown Bookshop, or online at Students are admitted free. Call 215-348-7321 or visit the website for information.

The concert is sponsored by Eastburn and Gray, and the Warren Family Foundation.

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