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Williams salutes a virtuosic violist

John Williams's concerto written for Pops violist Cathy Basrak includes a duet with her husband-timpanist Timothy Genis. John Williams's concerto written for Pops violist Cathy Basrak includes a duet with her husband-timpanist Timothy Genis. (Michael J. Lutch)
By David Weininger
Globe Correspondent / May 22, 2009

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Six years ago, John Williams was conducting the Boston Pops in Alan Shulman's Theme and Variations for viola and orchestra. The soloist was the Pops' principal violist, Cathy Basrak, who is also assistant principal violist of the Boston Symphony. Williams came away from the encounter full of admiration for Basrak's talent and musicality. (Full article: 869 words)

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