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April 1, 2007

Hilary Hahn Makes Her Chicago Debut

Filed under: Music,Review — tmyers2002 @ 6:45 pm

hilary hahnMaking her Chicago Symphony debut, Hilary Hahn played the Goldmark violin concerto and charmed critic John von Rhein of the Chicago Tribune with her angelic Botticellian beauty. In his review he wrote that “there doesn’t seem to be anything that she cannot play beautifully. Andrew Patner reviewing the concert for the Chicago Sun-Times called Hahn as “lyrical as she is virtuosic.”

Over at the “Truth Makes Me Fret” blog, though, it doesn’t seem everyone was as won over as the critics. In this review the blogger says the Goldmark concerto left him “bored stiff”, and only Hahn’s sneeze during the third movement cadenza kept him from dozing off. Ouch!



  1. My beef was with Goldmark, not Hahn.

    Comment by Ponder Stibbons — April 1, 2007 @ 9:45 pm

  2. The peculiar blog to which you link this item refers to a different performance from the one John von Rhein and I attended.

    Andrew Patner
    Chicago Sun-Times
    98.7WFMT Radio Chicago and

    Comment by Andrew Patner — April 2, 2007 @ 5:31 am

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