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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-07

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Hip-Hop Meets Jazz

March 8, 2003 • 8:30 p.m.

Jewish Community Center • D. Dan G Betty Kahn Building
Eugene and Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus
6600 W. Maple Rd, West Bloomfield
JCC Members: $10 • Non-members: $15

Double Debut

Meet Yehudi Menuhin protege Daniel Hope,
premiering this season with both
the Israel Philharmonic and the DSO.


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iolinist Daniel Hope brings a
rare experience to his debut
concert with the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra. He
was able to discuss his performance
piece, Far Calls, Coming, Far, with its
composer, the late Toru Takemitsu.
_ The work, which will be presented
.March 14 and 15, will be part of a
program that includes Debussy's Iberia
and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4
under the direction of Vladimir
Fedoseyev, artistic director and chief
conductor of Russia's Tchaikovsky
Symphonic Orchestra.
"Takemitsu's piece is very emotional,
and it uses the violin in an enormous-
ly diversified way," says Hope, 28,
who also made his debut appearance
in Israel this season, working with the
Israel Philharmonic.
"The concerto for violin and orches-
tra has to do with being seduced and
enchanted by the idea of sound.
Takemitsu uses his talents of color and
orchestration to show so many different
spines of the violin and making music.
"The piece I'm playing is very com-
municative and beautiful and shows
how he brings his unique way of mak-
ing music from the Japanese school
into the Western tradition."
Hope also has worked with the con-
cert's conductor on several occasions. _
They premiered a piece by a young
German composer in Berlin and present-
ed a Tchaikovsky concert in Moscow.
Hope, who began studying the vio-
lin at age 4 while growing up in
England, has toured extensively and
met Takemitsu in 1995, just one year
before the composer's death.
The violinist considers that encounter
important to his interpretation of the
concerto and has tried to make connec-
tions with other composers.
"I think the role of any interpreter is
to find out what the composer thinks
about the music," the instrumentalist
says. "I was keen to find out the idea
of style and whether there is a
Takemitsu sound.
"Takemitsu marks his scores very
precisely, but I realized — after talking

to him and having played for him —
that those markings were only guide-
lines. In the end, there is a free ele-
ment, which comes across well with

Menuhin Influence

Hope, voted Young Artist of the Year

2002 by Germany's leading music

magazine, FonoForum, and Classical
Performer 2001 by London's Evening
Standard newspaper, looks back on
early connections with international
music icon Yehudi Menuhin as the
source of his devotion to the violin.
The Jewish American-born
Menuhin (1916-1999), who initially
gained fame as a child prodigy on the
violin, moved to London in 1959 and
became a British subject.
Hope's mother was Menuhin's secre-
tary, and she used to take her son to
rehearsals and concerts.
When Hope asked for lessons, his
parents found him a well-known
teacher, and he kept up with his stud-
ies. His professional work preceded
graduation from London's Royal
Academy of Music in 1996.
The violinist, at age 10, appeared on
British television playing chamber
music with double bassist Gary Karr.
The following year, he was invited by
Menuhin to perform Bartok duos for
German television. At age 15, while
performing with a British orchestra in
Finland, he decided to make violin his
"When I turned 17 or 18, Menuhin
asked if I would like to play concerts
with him," Hope recalls. "We began a
long partnership for 60 concerts and
performed in all the major recital halls
in Europe.
"I learned numerous things from him
and was the soloist in his last appear-
ance, which was in Germany in 1999. - 1
feel very privileged that I had such an
expansive relationship with him."

Diverse Projects

Hope's many appearances recently led
to his being asked to join the leg-
endary chamber music ensemble the
Beaux Arts Trio.

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