Elizabeth Pitcairn and her legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius perform with the Susanville Symphony Society.

Pitcairn, ‘ Red Mendelssohn ‘ return to Susanville

Virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn and her legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin return to Lassen County for two performances with the Susanville Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8, and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the United Methodist Church.

Violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn and her legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius violin return to Lassen County.

Pitcairn plays one of the world’s most prestigious and valuable instruments. Antonia Stradvari built what many consider the finest violins ever made at his small shop in Cremona, Italy.

 “The thing about that red violin that really sets it apart from the other Stradivariuses that were made at that time is the projection of sound that comes from that instrument is pretty phenomenal,” Susanville Symphony artistic director Ben Wade said in 2017. “It goes straight to the back of the room.”

Elizabeth Pitcairn meets with young fans.

But Wade said even though Pitcairn plays a world-class instrument, she also rightfully deserves the virtuoso classification that’s been placed upon her.

“She is a flawless performer,” Wade said. “We’ve had a lot of people come in and do concertos, but the thing that sets Elizabeth apart is she plays perfectly and flawlessly and with a depth of emotion that is hard to find. It’s not just the instrument, it’s also the player who is world renown.”

For more information call the Symphony Hotline at (530) 310-8111.