Sunday, October 20, 2019, at 4 p.m.
Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road, Kilmarnock
A trio of stellar musicians from the Northern Neck Orchestra will perform an autumn afternoon of exquisite chamber music by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 20 at Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Goodluck Road in Kilmarnock.
The concert, featuring Haydn’s Duet for Violin and Cello, Beethoven’s Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, Opus 1, No.1 and Schubert’s Nocturne for Violin, Cello and Piano, will be performed by violinist Mei-Li Beane, cellist Steve Custer and pianist Arline Hinkson.
“This delightful program showcases the outstanding talents of members of the Northern Neck Orchestra and some of the most beautiful and varied chamber music in the repertoire,” said the orchestra’s Eric Jacobson. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at www.northernneckorchestra.org.
The Haydn duet is recognized for its intimate dialogue between violinist and cellist. The piece begins slowly, transitions to a minuet and concludes with a spirited finale. “The duet’s exciting give and take captures the magic and essence of great chamber music,” said Jacobson.
The trio by Beethoven provides a vivid contrast with the Haydn duet. “It is strong and powerful with a broad scope and vision,” he said. “This four- movement work seems symphonic in scale even though it is performed by only three musicians.”
Published after Schubert’s death, his Nocturne consists of a single, slow movement that is gentle, serene and complex, Jacobson observed. “The composition has a meditative quality that captures the audience with its changing colors and moods – a perfect piece for a contemplative fall afternoon with wonderful musicians.”
Violinist Mei-Li Beane began studying violin at the age of three in Spain. She has studied at Rutgers University, the Conservatory of Seville, Spain and the College of William and Mary from which she holds a degree, performed with several orchestras and chamber music ensembles and assists churches in the area with their music. Beane also is an instructor with the Strings Crewe, which provides violin, viola and cello lessons to Northern Neck students.
Cellist Steve Custer was a cellist and soloist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. During his 36-year tenure with the orchestra, he played over 4,000 concerts and worked under four music directors at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the new Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood Bowl, and on tour. He also has performed with the Williamsburg Symphonia, and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra.
Pianist Arline Hinkson, who plays violin in the NNO, has given concerts in France and performed as a soloist with the Oklahoma Symphony Orchestra and the C.W. Post Orchestra. She also appeared with Piano Cameos, the Lyric Theatre, Pro Musica Ensemble, the Hofstra University Orchestra, the Westbury Community Orchestra, the North Shore Symphony and the Callinectes Consort. Before retiring, Hinkson was director of music for the Westbury Public School system on Long Island.