The Crypt Sessions

Lara St. John

Violin Beyond the Pale

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032
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the long version

“Consummate Badass” is not a moniker often ascribed to Classical musicians, but if anyone has earned it, it’s superstar violinist Lara St. John. Why, you may ask? Well, I’ll give you a few reasons: 1) she owns an iguana, and has performed with it on stage, 2) She was the first classical musician to start her own record label in 1999, 5 years before Radiohead (take that Thom Yorke!), 3) She called out Game of Thrones for not using a live cellist in their theme song (you know, the “duhn duhn, duh duh duhn duhn, duh duh duhn duhn,” one).She’s essentially the Daenerys Targaryen of stringed instruments – the L.A. Times even called her “a volcanic violinist with a huge, fabulous tone that pours out of her like molten lava. She has technique to burn and plays at a constant high heat.” So there’s that…Lara will come to the Crypt on March 14 & 15 with the absurdly talented pianist Matt Herskowitz to perform her haunting, heart-pounding program “Lavuta: Violin Beyond the Pale.” The music, which she recorded for her acclaimed album Shiksa, features a collection of her favorite Eastern European folk tunes, re-imagined by some of today’s top composers. Have you ever wanted to hear “Hava Nagila” transformed into an epic, eight-minute violin showpiece? Lara’s got you covered…

The short version

The Short Version: “Wildly Enjoyable” is not a phrase often used to describe a Classical music concert, but this is going to be a thrilling, moving, deeply-memorable night of music making from one of the leading-lights of the art form.*Thank you to our sponsor Yamaha for the piano!*

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