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Amazing Vengerov

Posted at 8:22 PM on May 22, 2006 by John Zech
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I've been lucky to have some transcendent concert experiences over the years: a candlelight "serenade" concert at the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the Berlin Philharmonic at Philharmonie Hall in Berlin (nobody coughed or made any noise during the music), and Maxim Vengerov with the Minnesota Orchestra.

It was a last minute thing. My boss at the time, Dick Stevens, had subscription tickets to the MN Orchestra and he couldn't make it to the concert that night, so he gave them to me (thanks again, Dick).

That night, the 19-year-old Maxim Vengerov played the Shostakovich Violin Concerto. His sound seemed to start in his toes and his whole body played the instrument. It was incredible!

Vengerov is coming back to play a Schubert Club recital Wednesday night at the Ordway. If you can get a ticket, you might have a transcendent experience, too--I hope so.

He just played the same program at Carnegie Hall on Saturday night. Your can read the New York Times review here.