Queen Mary 2
This season, Cunard launched a series of performances including virtuoso violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn, members of New York's Juilliard School and London's National Symphony Orchestra onboard Queen Mary 2 as part of the line's flagship 2011 Transatlantic Crossings.
Onboard Queen Mary 2, which departed from New York May 17, Elizabeth Pitcairn will perform with the Red Mendelssohn Stradivarius of 1720, which we hear is said to have inspired the Academy Award-winning film “The Red Violin.” Influenced by Judy Garland, Jackie Gleason and Victor Borge, as well as concert violinists David Oistrakh and Jascha Heifetz, she is featured in the 10th anniversary Meridian Collection edition of the film in a special feature documentary interview. Currently she serves on the faculty at the Colburn School of Performing Arts in Los Angeles and will become the first successive executive director of the Luzerne Music Center and Chamber Music Festival in New York in more than 30 years.
Following Cunard's ongoing partnership with Julliard School, jazz musicians will take the stage for the second year. Scheduled to perform for May 17, June 10, July 20, August 15, August 22, September 5, October 23, November 10 and December 12, they will perform in the Chart Room and the Royal Court Theatre, which will be followed by Q&A sessions.
Led by conductor Anthony Inglis, the National Symphony Orchestra will perform on the October 7 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossings. Following their Transatlantic Crossings appearances in 2009 and 2010, guests will be invited to sing with the NSO on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre. In additions, guests will be able to attend rehearsals with Anthony Inglis and prepare for Cunard's Last Night of the Proms to be staged at the end of the Crossing. Grammy-nominated, Inglis has been featured more often at London’s Royal Albert Hall than anyone else in the venue’s history. Artists with whom the NSO has performed include Katherine Jenkins, Russell Watson and other classical artists. Other work includes major film soundtracks and appearances with Reba McEntire and Sir Cliff Richard, who was accompanied by the ladies of the NSO string section at the Royal Albert Hall.