Rising talent Hilary Hahn plays Bach

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Classical Music

August 25, 2002|By Tim Smith

Local favorite Hilary Hahn is back in the area. The remarkably gifted violinist is the featured attraction in the Annapolis Symphony Orches-tra's "Gala Season Opener" this week.

The Baltimore-raised Hahn, named "America's Best Young Classical Musician" by Time last year, will focus on Bach for this event. In addition to performing his E major Violin Concerto, she will collaborate with Margaret Batjer, concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, in the D minor Concerto for Two Violins (the sublime slow movement of that piece is tailor-made for the natural lyricism of Hahn's playing).

Leslie B. Dunner, music director of the Annapolis Symphony, will conduct the program, which is devoted to works for strings. The ensemble will be heard in Grieg's Holberg Suite, Elgar's Serenade for Strings and Turina's La Oracion del Torero.

Prime tickets for the gala are $75, which includes a champagne reception with Hahn. Other seats are available for $30 to $50. The concert will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, 801 Chase St., Annapolis. Call 410-263-0907.

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