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DESIREE RUHSTRAT made her professional debut at age 12 with Lukas Foss and the Milwaukee Symphony and at age 16, she was invited by Sir Georg Solti to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall. Ruhstrat has appeared as soloist with orchestras throughout the world, including the Berlin Radio Symphony. Radio Suisse Romande, Gottingen Symphony, and the Colorado, Oregon and Utah Symphonies, among many others. A highly regarded teacher, Ruhstrat is currently on the faculty at Northwestern University.Her husband, DAVID CUNLIFFE, has performed with the BBC Philharmonic, BBC Scottish and Royal Scottish Symphony Orchestras and the Balancscu Quartet with whom he toured extensively in Australia, Europe and the United States. Cunliffe is currently on the faculty of the Music Institute of Chicago.

As founding members of the Grammy nominated Lincoln Trio (which this past summer performed for the 11th time at Ravinia), Ruhstrat and Cunliffe have performed throughout the United States including appearances at Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park Festival, Barge Music, Poisson Rouge, and in Springfield, Illinois, where the Trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial with President Barack Obama.

They will perform La Muse et le Poete by Saint-Saens. To add to the festive nature of the Holiday Concert, LARRY BLOCK AND LUCY COLMAN, stand partners in the Strings for 40 years, will reprise the Concerto for Two Cellos by Vivaldi, first performed by them in December, 1990. The Strings will add the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 of Bach and the Symphony No. 3 of Schubert.

December 2, 2018
Highland Park High School
433 Vine, Highland Park
Free Admission, 3 p.m.

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major (BWV 1048)

Concerto for Two Cellos in G Minor, RV 531
Lucy Colman, Larry Block, Cellos

La Muse et le Poete for Violin and Cello.Op. 132
Desiree Ruhstrat, Violin, David Cunliffe, Cello

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, D. 200

“Many many thanks to you and the Strings for all the years of truly wonderful concerts. The Strings are a real gem and true asset to the area. Every single concert has always been…of downtown caliber.”
– Philip Bechen