The more I learn about Baroque composers, the more I realize they are the original rock stars. They were innovating all the time. and experimenting with so much – different sounds, different techniques. They were also ornamenting and improvising onstage all the time – and that takes a lot of guts. We are kind of doing that as well today, So if you’re expecting to hear a traditional rendition of this piece that you can hear a 1,000 different recordings of on YouTube or whatever….today ain’t it. So enjoy the ride! – Rachell Ellen Wong
All 47 entries in our 2021 Festival of Concerts had memorable moments, but there was one that a patron of ours declared “is an entry in the Heifetz Hall of Fame:” The July day when Heifetz alum and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner Rachell Ellen Wong took the Heifetz stage by storm to lead a hand-built “Heifetz Baroque Band” through a sensational and utterly unique take on Vivaldi’s timeless Four Seasons. Enjoy!