Video: Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers Plays Ave Maria

By Keegan Morris |

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Bach and Gounod's Ave Maria has always held a special place in violinist Anne Akiko Meyers' repertoire: she grew up playing the beloved work. "It's just one of the most beautiful pieces," Meyers shared during her August 16 Impromptu performance with pianist Marta Aznavoorian. Meyers visited WFMT ahead of her Sunday evening performance of Barber's Piano Concerto at Ravinia Festival with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra.

"Recently," Meyers told host Lisa Flynn, "my teacher passed away, Alice Schoenfeld, and I was asked to play this at her memorial. And so, all of these thoughts were going through my head when I was playing, all of these experiences I had when I was seven years old in her living room playing this for her."

Enjoy this live performance of Bach/Gounod's Ave Maria 
by Anne Akiko Meyers and Marta Aznavoorian

Want to see another Anne Akiko Meyers performance? The esteemed violinist performs Barber's Violin Concerto with conductor James Gaffigan and the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia Festival on Monday, August 19 at 8:00 pm.

Enter code WFMT at checkout for two-for-one pavilion seats, plus gain admission to an exclusive pre-concert reception hosted by WFMT general manager George Preston and host Candice Agree! Click here for more information.