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Allison Michelle McNeal, Violinist

received a Bachelors in Violin Performance from the Hartt School of Music, and a Masters in Violin Performance from Boston Conservatory. Allison attended music festivals such as Atlantic Music Festival, the School for Strings Chamber Music Workshop, Killington Music Festival, and Luzerne Music Center. She was the recipient of a number of awards including the Boston Conservatory Award, the Hartt Performing Arts Scholarship, and the Douglas Cox Violin Scholarship. Allison appeared with the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, Spectrum Symphony, One World Symphony, and Boston Opera Collaborative, acting as the assistant concertmaster.

"The piece is beautiful and the score helps to..."

About Iosif Andriasov “Spring”, Op. 32 for Two Violins, Viola, and Cello

“The piece is beautiful and the score helps to make it more understandable! I could definitely hear the four verses– I thought of the long held chords as being the snow and the folk song as being the growth of spring trying to come through. The chords feel like the neutral part to me– no matter what happens during the folksong sections the chords always come back. I think that there’s the most tension in measures 35-46. Even though the first violin has the folksong right after that with the highest notes in the piece it doesn’t seem to have the same effect as before, and the chords come back shortly. I think that the senza vibrato at the end really enforces the idea of being neutral and just listening to the sound (or watching the snow which is white– another kind of neutrality because of the absence of color).”

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