DeeDee Arrison Concert for the Animals

Thank you to all who joined us for the 10th Anniversary of the DeeDee Arrison Concert for the Animals, and to all who contributed pictures of the beloved pets living in their hearts and memories. This visual tribute greeted guests as they arrived at the concert. To view the tribute, please click on the image below.

In tribute of DeeDee Arrison Concert for the Animals

The 10th Anniversary Concert for the Animals, held on October 5th, 2019, featured rising stars of the Stradivari Society. We were thrilled to be joined by many pet lovers and their wonderful animal companions. The concert was held in conjunction with the DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Seminar.

The DeeDee Arrison Holistic & Integrative Wellness Seminar Series was endowed in 2010 by Clement and Karen Arrison in memory of their beloved ten-year old Briard to strengthen understanding of integrated medicine, which brings together the best of holistic and medical care.

The afternoon performance honored our love for animals and featured the Stradivari Society's  Tim Fain and Francisco Fullana, accompanied by pianist Robert Koenig. More information on the talented musicians who helped us celebrate this special anniversary is below.

Tim Fain posing with violin and pianoTim Fain

With his adventuresome spirit and vast musical gifts, violinist Tim Fain has emerged as a mesmerizing presence on the music scene. The “charismatic young violinist with a matinee idol profile, strong musical instincts, and first rate chops” (Boston Globe) is seen and heard in the film Black Swan, and gives “voice” to the violin of the lead actor in the hit film 12 Years a Slave, as he did with Richard Gere’s violin in Fox Searchlight’s feature film Bee Season. Most recently, Fain collaborates with Google on a virtual reality (VR) music and film project RESONANCE that introduces VR capability for YouTube to the world. In addition, he was the featured soloist with the Philip Glass Ensemble at Carnegie Hall in a concert version of Einstein on the Beach, which he performed again this season in South Korea, and he continues to tour the US and Europe in a duo-recital program with Philip Glass. His multi-media evening Portals premiered to sold-out audiences in New York, Los Angeles, at its mid-western debut at Omaha’s KANEKO, and at Australia’s Melbourne Festival and Le Lieu Unique in France, with continued interest and success world-wide. The centerpiece of the evening is Partita for Solo Violin, a new work written especially for him by Philip Glass; the production also features collaborations with Benjamin Millepied, Leonard Cohen, and filmmaker Kate Hackett, with radio personality Fred Child appearing on screen.

Francisco Fullana

A native of Mallorca, violinist Francisco Fullana has received international praise as an "amazing talent" and a "paragon of delicacy". He graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Madrid and holds degrees from The Julliard School as well. Francisco is the recipient of the 2015 Pro Musicis International Award and the 2018 Avery Fisher Career Grant, among other honors. He is a renowned innovator, leading new institutions of musical education for young people, including the Fortissimo Youth Initiative, which he founded.

Robert Koenig

Pianist Robert Koenig has established a reputation as a much sought-after collaborative pianist and chamber musician. He performs regularly in major centers throughout the world with many of this generation’s most renowned musicians. Recent engagements have included performances at Carnegie Hall in New York, The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Suntory Hall in Tokyo, The Concertgebuow in Amsterdam, The Louvre Museum in Paris, and Royal Festival Hall in London. He has performed with many of today’s leading artists including Sarah Chang, Hilary Hahn, Pamela Frank, Augustin Hadelich, Zuill Bailey, Sara Sant'Ambrogio, Roberto Diaz, Elmar Oliveira, Aaron Rosand, The Miro String Quartet, and The St. Lawrence String Quartet.