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Acclaimed Violinist Francesca Anderegg Brings Sounds of 'Wild Cities' to the Bluegrass

Francesca Anderegg performing "On the Road" by Clint Needham from her album "Wild Cities."

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 30, 2017) The University of Kentucky School of Music will welcome violinist Francesca Anderegg to town this week as she makes a stop in Lexington on her "Wild Cities" album release tour. A free public concert featuring Anderegg will begin 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Singletary Center for the Arts Recital Hall. In addition to her concert, the artist will work with violin students at UK during her stay.

Anderegg is an acclaimed violinist known as a musical explorer of the first order. She holds degrees from Harvard University and the Juilliard School and is currently a professor at St. Olaf College. As an artist she has received many accolades, including a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, given to artists with a distinctive "musical voice."

Anderegg's latest album, "Wild Cities," focuses on eclectic post-minimal repertoire, with emphasis on the duality between a smooth surface and animated rhythms. The album includes the work of five composers, and each of them manage to fuse rhythmic patterns and kinetic gestures with the familiar structures of concert pieces. The album title "Wild Cities" comes from Allen Ginsberg's poem "After Dead Souls" which points to the idea of the future and its transcendent possibilities.

During Anderegg's visit, the musician will also offer a masterclass for UK violinists. Her visit, organized by Assistant Professor of Oboe ToniMarie Marchioni, should be a treat for both UK students and her Central Kentucky audience.

"I am thrilled that the UK and greater Lexington community will be able to experience Francesca's dynamic personality and exciting performing and teaching," said Marchioni, a friend and colleague of Anderegg's who studied at Harvard and Juilliard at the same time. "It is a real honor to have the Singletary Center be a stop on her release tour."

The UK School of Music at the UK College of Fine Arts has garnered a national reputation for high-caliber education in opera, choral and instrumental music performance, as well as music education, composition, and theory and music history.

photo of Francesca Anderegg holding violin
photo of cover of "Wild Cities" album by Francesca Anderegg

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