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Jennifer Koh Talks ‘Bridge to Beethoven’ Inspiration?

By Shane Jordan s.jordan@classicalite.com on Jan 28, 2016 12:47 AM EST

While everyone performs Beethoven, renowned violinist Jennifer Koh hopes that her Bridge to Beethoven concert series with pianist Shia Wosner will open people's minds to cultural diversity and a change in perspective. This spring Koh and Wosner will be bringing their boundary pushing show that pairs Beethoven's Complete Violin Sonatas with contemporary works by composers of diverse racial and ethnic lineage to the 92nd Street Y in New York.

Many performers are satisfied just keeping people entertained, but Jennifer Koh wants to use her Bridge to Beethoven collaborations with Shia Wosner to expand their minds though music.

Koh recently said of their upcoming shows in New York on March 21 and April 7, that the concert series was meant to get folks thinking about cultural and diversity in a way they previously hadn't:

"Shai and I created the project from different perspectives and directions, which hopefully makes these performances more interesting.

"I wanted to create a project that explores diversity in a compelling way, where people can engage with different cultural voices in a musical conversation

"This project is about including a wide range of voices that takes all of us on a journey that illustrates the evolving nature of classical music."

For those of you that can't wait until March to hear Jennifer Koh play live, Broadway World reports the 39-year-old Illinois native will also be performing sans Shia Wosner next week in Milwaukee:

"The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra led by music director Edo de Waart presents two performances with violinist Jennifer Koh on February 5 and 6 at 8:00 p.m. at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Bartók's Violin Concerto No. 2 and Anna Clyne's Within Her Arms will be followed by Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2."

To get you tickets to either the March 21, concert at Buttenwieser Hall or the April 7, show at the Kaufmann Concert Hall be sure to visit the 92nd Street Y's official website or give them a call at (212)-415-5500.

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