Musica Reginae concert will bring Beethoven to Forest Hills
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The Red Violin returns to Forest Hills on Saturday, March 16, for an all-Beethoven program featuring his beloved Spring Sonata and the virtuosic Archduke Trio.

Elizabeth Pitcairn returns playing her famed “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, and will be joined by pianist Barbara Podgurski and cellist Evan Drachman.

Violin virtuoso Pitcairn has earned a stunning reputation as one of America’s most beloved soloists. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Fisher Center and the Kimmel Center.

Originally from a musical family in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Pitcairn began the violin at age three. Pitcairn believes strongly in

philanthropy and is a frequent performer for such charitable events as the American Cancer Society, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Helping Hands and Hearts Foundation and the Nakashima Foundation for Peace.

Podgurski, a native of New York as well as the executive and artistic director of Musica Reginae Productions, is a talented pianist and teaching artist.

She has performed as soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean and Europe and has performed at many of the world’s finest venues including a number of performances at Carnegie Hall.

Past collaborations with renowned artists including violinists Philippe Graffin and the late Lorand Fenyves, flutist Harold Jones, clarinetist Charles Neidich, pianists Diane Walsh and Seymour Lipkin, and cellists Manfred Stilz, Marcy Rosen and the late Paul Tobias.

She has been working for a number of years with the Department of Cultural Affairs as a contact for organizing and contracting musicians for the 9-11 Commemoration Memorial.

Grandson of the great cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, Drachman performs on the famed Piatigorsky Stradivarius cello, one of

the six great Strad cellos in existence.

Drachman spends much of his time performing recitals, concerti and chamber music in the United States and abroad.

Drachman is also the founder and artistic director of The Piatigorsky Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to make live classical

music a part of the fabric of everyday life for underserved communities throughout the United States.

This season, Drachman will be performing works by Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch, Chopin and Elgar. His travel schedule will include tours of Massachusetts, Vermont, Florida, North Carolina, Idaho and Minnesota.

You will not want to miss this historic event featuring two of the most famous Stradivarius instruments in the world performing together on the same stage.

The program will also feature the world premiere of a piece for violin and piano by Sunny Knable.

The concert will begin at 2 p.m. in The Church-in-the-Gardens (50 Ascan Avenue) in Forest Hills Gardens. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 per student. Tickets are available at or by calling (718) 894-2178. Tickets are also available at the door.

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