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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 a sought after 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. She frequently performs with with Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, Bach Collegium Japan, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, New York Baroque Incorporated, The Sebastians Chamber Players, and Teatro Nuovo as associate concertmaster. She is a member of Voices of Music, and has appeared in recitals with Nicholas McGegan, Masaaki Suzuki, and William Christie. Her upcoming album, Brillance Indéniable: The Virtuoso Violin in the Court of Louis XV, is currently in production with Swineshead Productions, LLC and Avie Records.

Ms. Youssefian’s 19/20 season includes many exciting solo performances throughout the US. After successful performances of Beethoven Violin Concerto as substitute for Rachel Barton Pine in February 2019, Alana returns to Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale for Nicholas McGegan’s final season with performances of Mendelssohn E minor Violin Concerto. She will also be performing a program of Vivaldi concerti with Ars Lyrica Houston, and will record Leclair G minor Violin Concerto with Voices of Music. In April 2020, Ms. Youssefian will debut a new program of solo violin repertoire in New York City.

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 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.

“[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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