Thursday, March 25, 2010

Julian Rachlin and Academy of St. Martin are Coming to Sangamon Auditorium

  Julian Rachlin, one of the best violinists in the world, will appear with The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields here at UIS Sangamon Auditorium on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m.

            As a premiere musician, Rachlin travels the world to perform with various great orchestras and ensembles and as a solo artist. But, to him, music is not the end of the experience. Rachlin feels the need to do more.

  “I’ve never wanted to be just a violinist,” said Julian Rachlin, in an AP interview in 2007.

           And it looks as though his life is larger than any common violinist. In January, Rachlin became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for his home country, Lithuania. In 2007, Rachlin was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

 Rachlin earned these titles by playing for peace and benefiting the young through his music. Playing in Yugoslavia when it wasn’t popular became a way “to revive cultural activity,” in the words of Rachlin.  He also played in Israel while conflicts with Arabs were ongoing.

     So, as Rachlin and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields travel towards UIS Sangamon Auditorium, they bring a larger than life talent and a charismatic ambassador of Goodwill to the stage.

  Tickets start at $32 for “Audition” and are priced at $52 and $57 for regular adult seats.

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