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Violinists Anne Akiko Meyers and Vadim Gluzman to Open the North Shore Chamber Music Festival in Northbrook, Ill.

by Louise Burton   Jun 1, 2014 10:49 AM EDT

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Audience members at opening night of the North Shore Chamber Music Festival on June 4 will be treated to two world-class violinists, Anne Akiko Meyers and Vadim Gluzman, playing Bach's Double Concerto on priceless instruments.

Meyers will perform on her much-celebrated "Ex-Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, the most valuable violin in existence. And Gluzman's legendary "Ex-Leopold Auer" Stradivarius is the instrument for which Tchaikovsky dreamed up several of his masterworks, including his famous Violin Concerto. This Strad represents the pinnacle of violinmaking's Golden Age.

Meyers and Gluzman will also play Arvo Pärt's mysterious Passacaglia for two violins, vibraphone and strings. The evening also holds Beethoven's "Gassenhauer" Trio for violin, cello and piano, featuring Meyers, Italian pianist Alessio Bax, and acclaimed cellist Wendy Warner, who is a native of Winnetka, Ill.

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