The Bach Partita No. 2 in D minor for unaccompanied violin is one of the major rites of passage for any aspiring violinist. A suite of dances comprising five movements, it culminates in the famous Chaconne, a tour de force that demands not only endurance -- it goes on for some 15 minutes of unrelieved solo virtuosity -- but the ability to make the whole thing sound easy, as critics are always on the lookout for the artist's ability to transcend the work's notorious technical difficulties. No doubt young violin superstar Tim Fain can pull this off with nary a worry. Sporting a wardrobe with attitude and straggly locks that fall boyishly over his forehead, Fain keeps the critics gushing over his "technical finesse, lyrical ardor and cagey control." Even the jaded New York Times had to credit him with being "emotionally available to every phrase." This week, you can enjoy Fain's artistry in the intimate minimalist surroundings of the Clough Residence, a Benedict Canyon home noted for its dark, silent pool in an open rotunda, intended as a "space of emptiness." The program includes the Bach Partita No. 2; American composer Kevin Puts's "volatile and arduous" Arches; and Patrick Zimmerli's enticing jazz-contemporary classical-fusion work, A stream more than all strong. Clough Residence, Benedict Canyon (address provided to ticket holders); (213) 477-2929, dacamera.org.
Sun., March 14, 2 & 4 p.m., 2010

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