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NCCO Celebrates Yehudi Menuhin's Centenary with Daniel Hope / San Francisco Classical Voice

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Yehudi Menuhin, the great violinist, conductor, and musical humanitarian – who grew up in San Francisco – was born 100 years ago come April 22. The New Century Chamber Orchestra has been celebrating that centenary by presenting a bouquet of works associated with Menuhin, with Daniel Hope as guest concertmaster and principal soloist. The program coming up on Friday, Feb. 5, will be at the First United Methodist Church in Palo Alto.

Hope knew Menuhin from childhood on – they met after Hope's mother was engaged as Menuhin's secretary – and they often performed together. So it's personally appropriate that Hope should be the concert's guide to a Menuhin appreciation. But, though Menuhin was Hope's mentor, he was never his teacher, and their performing styles are different. Menuhin's tone was, if anything, overly mellow, while Hope, 42, plays in the crisper, more strident style common in his generation.

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