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Violinist Tim Fain to open LCSO season with music by Prokofiev

Leora Zeitlin

Tim Fain wears diverse musical hats: he’s a world-class violinist who plays with major orchestras and at festivals around the world; he’s played on and off screen in  several movies (Black Swan, 12 Years a Slave, Bee Season, Moonlight); he uses cutting edge technology to produce innovative music videos and productions, often incorporating film, digital art, live performance and even culinary arts for the audience; and he uses his music to support several causes, as he says, “to make the world a better place not only for us, but for our children.”

Fain opens the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra’s season this weekend with the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Sergei Prokofiev, with Lonnie Klein conducting. He came to KRWG studios to talk with Intermezzo host Leora Zeitlin about his many collaborations and activities, from using virtual reality to tell a new kind of story with his compositions, to working with celebrity chef Charles Michel to create what Fain calls a “multi-sensory art” experience.

“Music has this power to draw people in. And not only that, but the connections people experience through their listening to the music can often be very lasting,” Fain noted, even when the people hold vastly different belief systems. Listen to this wide-ranging interview about his composition “Resonance,” his film work (particularly with Richard Gere in "Bee Season"), the social causes he has gotten involved with, his 302-year-old violin, and much more.

The LCSO concerts take place Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Atkinson Recital Hall.

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