Spend an afternoon with a violin virtuoso who has rewritten the standards of live classical performance. The Yavapai Symphony Association presents violinist Sarah Chang in recital, at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Jim & Linda Lee Performing Arts Center at Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott.

According to Chang, a good violinist combines instrument skills with a flair for performance and stage presence.

“Even if you are a really great violinist, you know, performing and that genuine love for being on stage, that’s something completely different than being a great musician,” Chang said. “So, I think a combination of both, you know, of being a true musician and then also just loving being on stage and performing and that whole atmosphere of giving a live concert where everything just feeds off the energy of having a live audience in front of you, there’s nothing that even comes close to that.”

Born in Philadelphia in 1981, Chang was accepted into the Juilliard School at the age of 5 and made her debut with the New York Philharmonic at age 8. Her first album, Debut, was recorded at the age of 10 and became a classical best-seller.

Chang explained that her job as a performer of classical music is to portray the composer’s intent. “I sort of think of myself as just a messenger for the composer to get his thoughts and his music and his poetry through to the audience,” she said. “Of course, I put in my own musicality and my personality and I put my stamp on it, but really, I’m just there to portray what I interpret the composer’s wishes to be.”

Renowned pianist Julio Elizalde will join Chang to perform a program of Brahms, Franck and Bartok. Elizalde tours internationally with Sarah Chang, and has performed alongside conductors Itzhak Perlman, Teddy Abrams and Anne Manson.

Performing a recital with Elizalde lends itself to a more intimate setting than performing with an entire orchestra, Chang explained. “It is a lot more intimate because it’s just two people on stage and I’ve started to enjoy this type of chamber music/duo work a lot more over the past few years,” she said. “I think part of it is the fact that Julio is such an amazing partner. He’s also a friend and it makes a difference when it’s not just a work colleague on stage — when you genuinely have a friendship with your musical partner. It doesn’t seem like work when you’re with your friend.”

Yavapai Symphony Association’s remaining 2023 schedule includes:

• Les Violons du Roy at 3 p.m. April 30; and,

• The Curtis Symphony Orchestra at 7 p.m. May 16.

Tickets for Sarah Chang are $36 to $54 and are only available by contacting the Yavapai Symphony Association, at 928-776-4255. For more information, call the Yavapai Symphony Association, or visit www.yavapaisymphony.org.

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