In addition to appreciating Mendelssohn’s innovations, Bollinger is fascinated by the challenges to classical music posed by digital technology, and has experimented with visual projections and live monologues to enhance her performances.
“The multi-media format is another way to draw people in,” she said. “Music is about people and it’s for people. The things that interest me about music are relationships — to the composer, to the music, to the audience and my fellow players.”
Bollinger won’t be employing any technological enhancements at next week’s concerts, however, where her focus will be on her own technique and the inherent appeal of Mendelssohn’s concerto.
“You have to play light and clean,” she said. “The second movement is very lilting. It sways, and I could see someone dancing to that. And the last movement is light and fun.”
IF YOU GO What: Symphony by the Sea When: Sunday, April 28, 3 p.m., The Governor's Academy, Byfield. An earlier show will be held on Thursday, April 25, 7:30 p.m. at Abbot Hall, Marblehead. Tickets & info: Tickets $35 for adults, $5 for kids in kindergarten through grade 12. Available online at www.symphonybythesea.org or The Book Rack, 52 State St., Newburyport. Tickets will also be available at the door.