Chamber Music at the Barn is once again bringing top-notch classical musicians to Maize to perform. In some cases, artistic director Catherine Consiglio needs only to go to her backyard – Wichita. But to mix up the chamber group, the Barn is bringing in Annie Chalex Boyle and Emmanuel Lopez.
“This is a large-scale, impassioned group,” Consiglio said.
Because four cellists are needed to accommodate Johann Sebastian Bach’s (1685-1750) Prelude and Fugue from “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” and Antonio Vivaldi’s (1678-1741) Concerto Grosso, the chamber group is swelling to six performers on stage at once.
Although the stage is small, it can easily accommodate this group of accomplished string musicians. Oftentimes audience members can denote fingering, minute changes in expression and crystal clear sound in this restored and refurbished Kansas barn.
Evgeny Zvonnikov, the second violinist for the Wichita-based St. Petersburg Quartet, will be featured. Russian-born Zvonnikov is also Wichita Symphony Orchestra’s associate concertmaster and a founding member of the Orfeo Trio. This award-winning violinist attended the prestigious St. Petersburg Conservatory and appeared with celebrated musicians and orchestras in his homeland, as well as in Japan, Finland and France.
Since joining the St. Petersburg Quartet, Zvonnikov has performed in Carnegie and Schoenberg halls and throughout Europe and Russia.
Joining Zvonnikov on stage is world-renowned cellist Emmanuel Lopez. This graduate of Yale and the Julliard School is a cellist for the Harrington String Quartet and a professor at West Texas A&M University. Lopez has traveled extensively, and one of his albums was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Violinist Annie Chalex Boyle, a Harrington String Quartet alum, returns for the season’s finale. Boyle is a violin professor at Texas Tech University and artistic director of the Chamber Music Institute at the Quartz. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Boyle also has performed with major symphonies throughout the U.S.
“These are pieces that I am particularly passionate about,” Boyle said. “I guess they are on my classical Top 20 list.”
Boyle said she is thrilled to be at the Barn and to be once again performing with Consiglio and Lopez. The trio will play Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s (1840-1893) “Souvenir de Florence.”
“It has so much energy to it,” Boyle said. “It makes the whole room want to stand up.”
Because Tchaikovsky’s work goes to the low end of the timbre, Boyle said, the piece has an earthy dimension to it.
“It’s a showpiece for the three of us,” she said. “There are surprising twists, and it has a lot of flare.”
Arleigh Aldrich and Susan Mayo, both cellists for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra, along with Caitlin Schmidt and Nicole Feryok will round out the chamber group.
Consiglio, the principal violist for the Wichita Symphony Orchestra and music professor at Wichita State University, was trained at the New England Conservatory and performed with the Boston Symphony, the Boston Philharmonic and the Evian Music Festival in France. Along with performing at the concert, she is excited about her arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s (1921-1992) “Libertango” and “Rio Sena.”
Piazzolla’s works have been performed worldwide, including in his native Argentina.
“It’s a wonderful mix,” Consiglio said. “This is an incredible way to end the season. It’s definitely a big finish.”