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Seattle Symphony

Vivaldi & Telemann

May 3–4, 2019
Benaroya Hall

Harald Hoffman

Israel’s Avi Avital is leading a glorious revival of the mandolin in classical music, fueled by his “deep musicality” and “eye-watering virtuosity” (The New York Times). Playing music from the instrument’s first heyday in the 18th century, Avital’s rapid-fire plucks and sensuous strums leave no doubt as to why Vivaldi and others in his wake were attracted to this small but mighty instrument with a penetrating tone.