By David Thiel for Boise Weekly
Many daughters might politely decline an offer to work for their father, but Rebecca Stern jumped at the opportunity.
As the Boise Baroque Orchestra's guest violin soloist this weekend, Rebecca will be performing under the baton of her father, BBO music director, Dan Stern.[split]
"It's a really comfortable situation," Rebecca says. "My father and I have a mutual respect for each other, so we can openly share ideas and discuss music. It's really fun for me to get back to Boise."
Currently a member of the Fort Worth Symphony, and having earned degrees from the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music, Stern has had the opportunity to study with many accomplished violin teachers.
However, she proudly acknowledges the influence of her father, who began teaching her violin at the age of three.
"Quite literally," Stern says, "my father taught me everything I know!"
Among the selections featuring violinist Stern is Vitali's "Ciaccona."
"This piece is often performed with keyboard or continuo (cello and harpsichord) accompaniment," Stern says. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity to play it with the wonderful Respighi orchestration, which combines the best of the Baroque and Romantic styles."
The evening's repertoire will also include Frederick II's "Symphony No. 2 in G for Strings," J.S. Bach's "Concerto for Violin and Strings in E Major" and Telemann's "Tafelmusik III."