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Gut Strings and Heart Strings

Last year’s sensational Vivaldi virtuoso Alana Youssefian returns for a Romantic whirl with Mendelssohn’s impassioned concerto, lushly cushioned by the rousing overture to Cherubini’s first Parisian opera, and the expansive optimism of Schubert’s last completed symphony, considered to be his finest piece for orchestra. Let PBO’s gut strings pull your heartstrings into a warm, reflective embrace of historically-informed Romanticism.

CHERUBINI Overture to Démophoon
MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64
SCHUBERT Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, “The Great”

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Alana Youssefian, violin

March 14th sponsored by Kate & David Gross


Wednesday March 11 @ 7:30 pm | Bing Concert Hall, Palo Alto
Friday March 13 @ 8 pm | Herbst Theatre, San Francisco
Saturday March 14 @ 8 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley
Sunday March 15 @ 4 pm | First Congregational Church, Berkeley

Join us for the Pre-Concert Talk forty-five minutes prior to the concert start time.


A native of New Jersey, violinist Alana Youssefian has quickly forged a reputation as an engaging and spirited soloist, chamber player, and orchestral musician. Ms. Youssefian has performed internationally as a concertmaster and soloist, in addition to holding engagements at venues such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Herbst Theater, Kimmel Center, The Mann Center, Carnegie Hall, and Alice Tully Hall. Her performances have garnered acclaim in Early Music America, The Boston Musical Intelligencer, New Zealand Herald, and other publications. Recent engagements as concerto soloist include Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Ars Lyrica Houston, and Voices of Music. She has also performed with Bach Colleguim Japan, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, The Sebastians, New York Baroque Incorporated, Sonnambula, Les Arts Florissants at Dans le Jardin de William Christie, The Helicon Foundation, Bach Society Houston, Mercury, and Teatro Nuovo as associate concertmaster. Her upcoming album, Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV, is currently in production with Swineshead Productions, LLC.

Ms. Youssefian was named an American Fellow of The English Concert and Juilliard Fellow of Mercury in 2018. As winner of The Juilliard School’s 2017 Historical Performance Concerto Competition, she performed Vivaldi’s “Il Grosso Mogul” concerto with Juilliard415 and Nicholas McGegan at Alice Tully Hall. She has performed with Juilliard415 as concertmaster and soloist on several occasions, including their tours of India and New Zealand.  Residencies include Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Summer 2018, and Seabury Academy of Music from 2013-2018. Recent tours include US/Canada and Poland with Bach Collegium Japan. Ms. Youssefian studied with Marilyn McDonald at Oberlin Conservatory, and completed a master’s degree in Violin Performance at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music with Kenneth Goldsmith. She most recently graduated from The Juilliard School’s Historical Performance Program in Spring 2018, where she studied with Cynthia Roberts, Elizabeth Blumenstock, and Rachel Podger. In her free time, Ms. Youssefian enjoys spending time with her partner Jared and their cats Jimmy and Django, reading thriller books, and rocking out to The Rolling Stones. More information can be found at www.alanayoussefian.com.

“[Alana’s] sensitive dynamics and plangent emotional involvement yielded to dramatic fireworks as the work neared its close.”

—The Boston Musical Intelligencer

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