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Anne Akiko Meyers writes cover story for Strings Magazine - April edition

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Anne Akiko Meyers wrote the cover story for the April edition of Strings Magazine describing her experiences commissioning and performing Mason Bates's Violin Concerto around the world. Here's a bit from the article

At the end of 2012, I performed the world premiere of Mason Bates' Violin Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony and Leonard Slatkin. The idea for the concerto, Bates' first, dated back to 2006.

Titled "Archaeopteryx," it is about a hybrid flying dinosaur that makes an inspirational journey toward flight. Much like climbing the Old Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (which I've done!), the process of bringing a new violin concerto to life feels like running an overly long marathon. And yet, when a work comes together onstage, the rewards are vast.  CLICK TO READ FULL ARTICLE

Click here to watch the attached video with AAM & Leonard Slatkin leading the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

In other AAM news, PBS is currently broadcasting the violinist's performance of the world premiere of Samuel Jones's new concerto with Gerard Schwarz leading the All-Star Orchestra. Dates and times vary, so please look up your local PBS station. You can also read about it at Violinist.com. AAM is also looking forward to concerts in Poland and Puerto Rico this month and at the Kennedy Center in April.