Erin Eileen Almond in conversation with Jenna Blum

Join us for the launch of Erin Eileen Almond's Witches' Dance. She'll be in conversation with author Jenna Blum.

 

Hilda Greer's love affair with the violin began at the age of seven, when she attended a performance by the virtuoso Phillip Manns. She believed him with a child's faith when he declared himself the reincarnation of Niccol Paganini and then dashed from the stage, his mind in ruins.

Nearly a decade after his breakdown, Phillip Manns is a recluse, insulated against the temptations of music until a former colleague begs him to teach at a nearby conservatory. It's there that he meets Hilda Greer, who's come to audition and plays the piece that started it all: Paganini's Le Streghe, or Witches' Dance.

Entranced by the character of Hilda's playing and unable to resist the siren call of music, Phillip takes Hilda under his wing. The two start a witches' dance of their own, a whirlwind that sweeps them toward the International Paganini Competition. When their curtain falls, one will bask in the music world's acclaim and the other's world will be shattered completely.

 

Erin Eileen Almond is originally from East Hartford, CT, and attended the Hartford Conservatory. Her short stories, essays, and reviews have been published in The Boston GlobeColorado ReviewNormal School, and on Cognoscenti.com, and The Rumpus.net. She is a graduate of the UC-Irvine MFA program and Wesleyan University, a long-time member of Boston’s Grub Street, and a recipient of a St. Botolph Foundation Emerging Artists Grant. Witches’ Danceis her first novel. Erin currently lives outside Boston with her husband, Steve, and their three children.

Jenna Blum is the New York Times and number one international bestselling author of the novels Those Who Save Us and The Stormchasers. She was also voted one of the favorite contemporary women writers by Oprah.com readers. Jenna is based in Boston, where she earned her MA from Boston University and has taught fiction and novel workshops for Grub Street Writers for twenty years. For more about Jenna, please visit www.jennablum.com

 

The authors will be joined by violinist Beth Bahia Cohen

Violinist and violist Beth Bahia Cohen has appeared as soloist and in numerous chamber groups, including the St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra (both in N.Y. and Boston), the Philharmonia Virtuosi, the Phillip Glass Ensemble, and more.  She has performed with numerous symphony, ballet, and opera orchestras, including the Brooklyn Philharmonic under Lukas Foss, the Berlin Ballet, the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Cuban Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Eve Queler Opera Orchestra, the Goldovsky Opera Company, the American Symphony Orchestra, etc.  She has performed at the Grand Tetons Music Festival, Monadnock Music Festival, the Brattleboro Bach Festival, and the Colorado Music Festival. She has played on Broadway for Sweeney Todd, Oklahoma, The Music Man, They’re Playing Our Song, and others. She has performed with Led Zeppelin, Johnny Mathis, Itzhak Perlman, Rudolf Nureyev, Angela Lansbury, Jesse Norman, Dick van Dyke, Victor Borge, Frans Bruggen, Eubie Blake, Jean Redpath, and performed a private concert for physicist Stephen Hawking.


A graduate of Brandeis University in Psychology, she trained as a classical violinist and violist in NYC, getting her Master's Degree in Violin Performance from Manhattan School of Music. Of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage, she was inspired at a young age by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, which led her to travel, study and perform with masters of the violin and other bowed instruments from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Ireland, India, and Norway. She was a Radcliffe Bunting Fellow in 1990 and has been the recipient of many travel and research grants, including the NEA/Artists International grant and the American Research Institute of Turkey grant to study the classical music of Turkey. She plays and teaches Greek, Turkish, Arabic, Klezmer, Hungarian, Romanian, Norwegian and classical music on the violin and other bowed stringed instruments, performs as a soloist in her Art of the Bow performances as well as with many groups throughout the U.S. and Europe, and teaches in her private studio, in the World Music department at Tufts University and is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music.
 

 

 

Event date: 

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781941360293
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Published: Lanternfish Press - October 22nd, 2019

Hilda Greer's love affair with the violin began at the age of seven, when she attended a performance by the virtuoso Phillip Manns. She believed him with a child's faith when he declared himself the reincarnation of Niccol Paganini and then dashed from the stage, his mind in ruins.