The violin is often thought of as the embodiment of an “orchestral” instrument, frequently carrying much of the most important melodic material of symphonic works. Its agility and versatility have also made it one of the most popular and frequently used solo instruments in the Western Tradition, both in the orchestra and also as a stand-in-front superstar. This talk, filled with numerous examples of all of these facets of the violin’s possibilities, will look at the development of the violin as a solo instrument, from the early Baroque to today.
Thomas Shoebotham has taught and performed on the cello in the Bay Area for over 20 years. Maestro Shoebotham plays a 2004 Anthony Lane cello, which won a silver medal for tone at the Violin Society of America competition in Portland. Also a noted conductor, he has directed performances for a number of groups, including Opera San Jose, Berkeley Opera, Peninsula Symphony, West Bay Opera, Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra, Albuquerque Philharmonic, and Palo Alto Philharmonic.