“It’s music like you’ve (almost) never heard it before . . .” – Chris Kachian
The Arpeggione Duo of guitarist Dr. Christopher Kachian and cellist Dr. Thomas Schönberg will perform a 7 p.m. concert Thursday, November 21, 2013 featuring a variety of pieces from Spain, Ecuador, Brazil, and Argentina. The concert will be held at the north end of the Great Hall, located on the second floor of the O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library, marking the second time this space, noted for its excellent acoustics, stained-glass windows and vaulted ceiling, will be used for a concert.
Schönberg and Kachian, who are educators as well as performers, formed the Arpeggione Duo after meeting at the Guitar Festival of Sollentuna, Sweden, in 2004. They tour annually and have recorded three albums. More about the musicians and samples of their music can be found here.
Schönberg is a native of Sweden and was accepted to the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm at age 13. He received his doctorate at the University of Hartford, Conn., and is dean of the Lidingo School of Music in Sweden. He performs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States on a Guarnerius cello built in 1711.
Kachian, whose doctorate is from the University of Minnesota, heads the Guitar Studies Program at St. Thomas and in 2011 was inducted into the renowned Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. A champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered more than 30 works for guitar. He has given more than 500 performances in Japan, China, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru and throughout Europe and North America. Kachian is a founding member of the Society for the Affectation of Baroque Music and also plays the blues harmonica.
The concert is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served. If you have any questions, please call (651) 962-5014.