Violinist Paul Mercer, in interview and in concert with Jill Tracy
Tickets: $13 General Admission, $7 CoF Members. Purchase tickets here.
Award-winning chanteuse and performer Jill Tracy hosts another “After Dark” event at the Conservatory, this time with her long time collaborator, Atlanta-based violinist Paul Mercer.
Can wood remember?
Violinist and composer Paul Mercer delights with fascinating tales of the synthesis of tree, instrument maker and violin player. Learn about the types of wood used to make various musical instruments – including tropical woods found in the Conservatory – and the role of other plant and animal compounds in making each instrument a unique creature.
Hear stories of three ancient instruments: a mysterious late 19th century violin named Daphne, a luminous late 17th century violin named Abigail, and a stunning 1820 Viola named Henryetta. All will be played during the presentation, so that you may experience their strikingly different personalities.
Mercer spent nearly five years recording improvisations on instruments that seemed to have voices of their own. The result is an eerie and beautiful trip through time, as the voices “whispering in the wood” are finally allowed to speak…
Find out how history’s great violin makers revolutionized the study of wood, and make your own conclusions about the alchemic blend of art and science that goes into creating the world’s finest instruments.
The evening will include a full concert with Paul Mercer and Jill Tracy, plus a rare nocturnal tour of the greenhouse. Experience the whispering in the wood…and the magic of the Conservatory after dark.