Fixmer learned that this particular violin belonged to world-famous violinist Terry Sternberg, who had played under Leonard Bernstein and was the first president of the San Francisco Ballet for many years. Sternberg later lost everything, including his home in Longmont, and was forced to sell his violin.
“And then these three bits of information started some research and was found. Well, sadly the first thing I found was an obituary from 2013. It’s Terry’s The discovery — reading the story at the time — was a real shock to me to find all the pieces of Terry’s life… I had no idea what I was going to find, but someone like this I never thought I would find a story about
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“It can happen to anyone,” Fixmar said. “And what struck me most about Terry’s story was that after her amazing career as a violinist, not only did she become homeless, but while she was homeless and living in Boulder, she was homeless in Boulder.” It means that he was an advocate for the people of
Sternberg’s story not only inspired Fixmer to compose a new concerto, but it is being performed on Sternberg’s own violin by Sarah Offixmer, Fixmer’s wife, for the world premiere. .
“I remember our first exchange. He handed it to me and said, ‘Play with this and let me know what you think,'” Off-Fixmer said. “I know this sounds a little dramatic. as if they were
Off-Fixmer said that older instruments like the Sternberg often feel like they exist for themselves.
“Because when you’re playing an instrument, you’re putting a whole different kind of untethered … real, very deep human energy into that instrument. Because it’s a method. It’s not always possible to express it in words or actions.”
Sternberg wrote about her experience and time on the streets for Boulder Shelter for the Homeless. She fought as an activist for others experiencing homelessness, and her legacy inspired Dylan Fixmar to compose this new violin concerto.
“I wanted the soloist to express Terry’s feelings, so I wanted it to be a violin concerto. I wanted her heroic journey, pain, and triumph to be expressed by the soloist. Terry was a violinist herself, and I wanted that voice to be her voice,” Fixmar said. “And she wanted her words to be the driving force behind the melody and what she uses in her work.”