In celebration of Albert Einstein’s “Miraculous Year” Fermilab presents a free World Year of Physics concert and lecture

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Jack Liebeck, Violin, with Inon Barnatan, Piano

Saturday, April 30, 2005, at 8 p.m., Fermilab’s Ramsey Auditorium
Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. with Physics Professor Brian Foster and violinist Jack Liebeck
Admission to both concert and lecture is free of charge

“Liebeck proved to be already an artist of international caliber. One was immediately aware not only of his stage charisma but of the quality of his tonal production!” The Strad

In celebration of the World Year of Physics, Fermilab presents a special evening to honor Albert Einstein’s scientific achievements and his love of violin music. On Saturday, April 30, at 8 p.m., British violinist Jack Liebeck will appear in concert with pianist Inon Barnatan, featuring sonatas by Mozart, Brahms and Prokofiev, as well as Bloch’s Nigun.

Prior to the concert, Liebeck will join Physics Professor Brian Foster, Oxford University, in a lecture with the title “From Einstein to Superstrings” at 7:00 p.m. The lecture will highlight Einstein’s appreciation of classical music as well as his scientific legacy. Foster will describe Einstein’s groundbreaking contributions to modern physics and will present the latest efforts to explain the structure of the universe in terms of superstring theory. During the lecture, Liebeck will demonstrate superstring concepts on his violin, and he will perform pieces specifically written for the World Year of Physics by composers Emily Hall and Anna Meredith.

Both the lecture and the concert will take place at Fermilab and are free to the public. Reserve your free tickets for seats in the Ramsey Auditorium by calling the Fermilab Arts Series box office at 630-840-ARTS (2787).

Jack Liebeck was born in 1980 in London. From 1989-1999 he attended the Purcell School of Music and then the Royal Academy of Music. His first public appearance was for BBC television, aged ten, when he played the role of young Mozart. Performing in concertos and recitals since the age of eleven, Liebeck’s appearances have taken him around the world. Liebeck has played in many major venues across the UK including the Royal Festival Hall. Since the age of fourteen he has made concerto debuts with acclaimed orchestras including the London Philharmonic and the English Chamber Orchestra. Liebeck has given sold-out recitals in London’s Wigmore Hall (2002 and 2005) and Purcell Room (2003).

Liebeck’s first disc on the new Quartz label was released in July 2004 to enormous critical acclaim, earning “CD of the Week” in the Daily Telegraph. Reviewers’ comments in the Sunday Times, Evening Standard and Daily Telegraph concluded…”a major and…astounding new talent”, “Liebeck is…one of the most accomplished violinists of his generation and this debut disc…does full justice to his talents,” and Liebeck “has a marvelous full tone, big technique and unstoppable virtuoso dash.”

Inon Barnatan, who was born in Israel and now lives in England, is considered another rising star of classical music. Just 24 years old, he has appeared at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Salla Verdi in Milan, and famous London venues such as the Royal Festival, Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls. In the 2003/04 season, he played in Carnegie Hall. His CD, released in 2002, was hailed as the “Discovery of the Month” by Classica Magazine.

Brian Foster is a Professor of Experimental Physics at Oxford University and leads the university’s particle physics department. He serves as the Chair of the European Committee for Future Accelerators. He is an avid lover of music and an amateur musician.

Tickets for the Fermilab World Year of Physics concert and lecture are available now. For further information or telephone reservations of your free tickets, call 630-840-ARTS (2787) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At other times an answering machine will give you a means of placing ticket orders. Ramsey Auditorium is located in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab. Wilson Hall, a high-rise, is visible from the lab entrance from the west on Kirk Road at Pine Street. At this time, both the Pine Street and Batavia Road entrances are open. The address is Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia, IL 60510 For more information check out our Web site at

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