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Joseph Gold Concert: The Complete History of the Violin at the SM Public Library

The Santa Monica Public Library welcomes virtuoso violinist Joseph Gold for an evening concert on The Complete History of the Violin on Wednesday, June 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Library MLK Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Boulevard.

An overview of violin music from the Baroque era to the present is the subject of this concert and lecture by Joseph Gold featuring works by Telemann, Paganini, Bach and De Bériot. Gold's collection of famous violinist's memorabilia will be on display at the concert.

Joseph Gold grew up in Southern California and began his violin studies at the age of eight. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Gold studied under the legendary Jascha Heifetz. Gold, a specialist in the music of Sarasate and Paganini, plays the entire spectrum of violin music including contemporary pieces written expressly for him. He is featured in the soundtracks to the Indiana Jones movies and is the subject of the film Gold Violin: Bow of Death. As a music historian, Gold wrote Paganini's Art of Violin Playing explaining Paganini's carefully guarded techniques in infinite detail.

The Santa Monica Public Library and all City of Santa Monica facilities are wheelchair accessible. For special disabled services, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to each event. For more information, call the Santa Monica Public Library at (310) 458-8600 or visit


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