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The Heifetz 25-Year Advent Calendar

Day 21: 2008 - From...and Over! The Top

Welcome to December! For our final-month celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Heifetz Institute, we’ll be sharing audio, video, images, and programs from across the decades of the Institute. Check back each day from Dec. 1 – Dec. 25 as we share some memorable moments from each golden year of the Institute!

July 31, 2008: Wolfeboro, NH

35 violinists, 17, violists, 18 cellists, and 7 pianists made up the 78-student body of the 2008 Heifetz Institute, and all but the pianists managed to crowd onto and spill over the stage of Anderson Hall for the Institute’s Gala Closing Concert, (titled simply “A Celebration!”).  And there’s no more fitting music for all those strings to play than Edvard Grieg’s bouyant Holberg Suite, a piece written to celebrate the Bicentennial birth of literary giant Ludvig Holberg, known as the “Moliere of the North.” Grieg’s Suite from Holberg’s Time takes inspiration from Holberg’s contemporaries Bach and Handel, and somehow manages to blend baroque forms with Grieg’s unique style, both buoyant and poignant. And no doubt the composer would have smiled to see the massed “Heifetz Band” celebrate the end of a Heifetz summer with such gusto!

NPR’s From The Top came to Heifetz for the first time in the summer of 2008, with a program that featured students Benji Bae, (16, Bothell, WA)  Kyan-Yu Annie Chen (17, Taiwan), Mari Nakamura, (17, Niigata, Japan), and Leah Nelson (16, Woodinville, WA) violins;  Alex Grimes (17, Alexandria, VA), viola, and cellists Clare Monfredo, (17, Seal Harbor ME), and Rainer Crossett (17, North Andover, MA).  You can listen to the entire episode here. 

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