Alison Larkin Presents
Devil's Trill - An Audio Book Performance


At the First Congregational Church
4 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA
5:30-6:30 pm
Monday, August 21, 2017
Gerald Elias, Author and Solo Violin
Members of the Stockbridge Sinfonia
Audio Book readings by
Jim Frangione and
Q&A by Alison Larkin
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door
or by clicking here:

Downloads of Devil's Trill are available at Alison Larkin Presents;
$5 from each download purchase will be donated to the Stockbridge Sinfonia.

CDs, and copies of Spring Break, will be available for purchase and autograph at
the event for $15, and may also be purchased at The Bookstore in Lenox -
Matt Tannenbaum, proprietor.

"Slow burn suspense...Jim Frangione embodies the grizzled music-instructor-turned-gumshoe Jacobus. Violin performances by the author sprinkled throughout provide clues. A solid mystery!" - AudioFile Magazine


Devil's Trill - A Mystery in Sonata-Allegro Form is the first-ever audio book in which clues to the mystery are revealed by the music! Join the Stockbridge Sinfonia and three Berkshires celebrities - violinist and author Gerald Elias, audio book producer Alison Larkin, and award-winning narrator Jim Frangione - for a very special evening of music, reading and conversation!

Author Gerald Elias, former member of the Boston Symphony and renowned concert violinist, and members of the Stockbridge Sinfonia will perform music from the audio book Devil's Trill, presented in an arrangement with a dramatic reading of the text by narrator Jim Frangione. Excerpts include Giuseppe Tartini's Violin Sonata in G minor - the "Devil's Trill" - composed in 1713 and arranged by the author, and the World Premiere of his composition "Piccolino's Sarabanda." Audiobook producer, writer/comedienne Alison Larkin will lead questions & answers.

Also on the evening's program, the Sinfonia will perform the last movement of one of the Baroque repertoire's most popular and beloved concertos: "Spring" from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons, with Elias as soloist, in a nod to the latest novel in the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, Spring Break.

The shadowy spheres of classical music and steamy streets of the Big Apple give noir a new meaning in Devil's Trill. Blind, sharp-tongued violinist Daniel Jacobus, living in self-imposed exile in rural New England, is drawn into mysterious crimes in New York City. A stolen Stradivarius - a strangled teacher of child prodigies - Jacobus is not only the chief investigator of these misdeeds, he's the prime suspect! A police detective hot on his tail, Jacobus roams the bucolic Berkshires, hallowed Carnegie Hall, and tradition-bound Japan, searching for answers only he can see. With alluring student Yumi and jazz-loving Nathaniel at his side, Jacobus feels his way through self-doubt and darkness.


Gerald Elias has performed on five continents as violinist, conductor, composer, and teacher. A former violinist with the Boston Symphony and associate concertmaster of the Utah Symphony, he is also music director of the Vivaldi by Candlelight concerts in Salt Lake City. Devil's Trill is the first of his six Daniel Jacobus mysteries.

Jim Frangione has received nine AudioFile Magazine Earphones Awards and was nominated for an Audie Award for fiction and a Voice Arts Award for Suspense. As an actor, he is most notable for his work in many of the plays and films of David Mamet.

Alison Larkin is an internationally acclaimed comedienne, award-winning audiobook narrator and producer, and bestselling author of The English American.


This audio book performance will benefit the Stockbridge Sinfonia, founded in 1972 by flutist and composer Joy Robin Dronge, who still plays with the orchestra. The all-volunteer Stockbridge Sinfonia is comprised of about sixty students and nonprofessional and retired professional musicians from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York State, ranging in age from the teens to the nineties. Scholarships are awarded annually to student players displaying both talent and commitment to the orchestra.

Under the baton of Music Director Simeon Loring, the Stockbridge Sinfonia will present two concerts this year on Saturday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m. at the Norman Rockwell Museum and on Sunday, August 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Duffin Theater in the Lenox High School. The program will include works of Schubert, Khachaturian, and Mozart. Principal clarinet John Davies will solo in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto. For more information, please visit the orchestra's website: