Who: High Desert Chamber Music’s 2016-17 season continues Tuesday with its Valentine’s Day concert, featuring violinist Martin Chalifour and Friends. Chalifour is the principle concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and among the most high-profile musicians performing for HDCM this season, according to Isabelle Senger, executive director of HDCM. Senger, a vioinist, will perform with Chalifour along with pianist Timothy Durkovic and cellist Antonio Lysy during the 8 p.m. concert Tuesday at the Tower Theatre in Bend. Tickets are $48, $15 for students. While here, Chalifour will also give a master class to four music students at 5 p.m. Monday at Bend Church, 680 NW Bond St. Admission to the class is free and open to the public. Contact: highdesertchambermusic.com.
Q: What do you take into consideration when programming a Valentine’s Day concert?
A: Romanticism. Ideally, you think about pieces that have the word “romantic” in them. For instance, the Beethoven Romance, which I will play. Then there’s the entire Romantic era repertoire, which of course is usually appropriate, because they’re things that create a lot of emotions when you listen to them. The Smetana Piano Trio is one of them. It’s a very passionate piece. It’s the most passionate trio that I know.
Q: You’re going to do a master class while you’re here. What’s your approach when you’re working with young violinists?
A: Just have no prior agenda. You really have to identify the needs of the students one by one. So I don’t have a prepared statement or anything or a prepared discourse; it really depends on the level of the students I encounter.
Q: How old were you when you began playing violin?
A: I was 4, but it was not an intense thing, like people who say, “Oh, you’re going to be a violinist, you better start now.” It was just a hobby.
Q: Did you like to practice, or did your parents have to twist your arm?
A: No, no one really forced me to do much. I didn’t have musician parents, so it took a while for the motivation to kick in, and for me to realize how wonderful music was. After my first summer camp experience at age 14, I think I realized how fun it was, and that it was going to mean more in my life.
— David Jasper, The Bulletin