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Fallbrook Music Society's concert features eight violins – one unique sound

FALLBROOK – For the second concert of its new season, Fallbrook Music Society presents The Hutchins Consort, the only ensemble in the world to perform on an acoustically balanced set of eight proportionally scaled violins. Ranging from a 7-foot-tall contrabass violin to a very tiny 18-inch treble violin and all the sizes in between, this group of extraordinary string players offers a unique blend and purity of sound.

For this performance, Sunday, Sept. 25, the addition of two mandolins and an accordion promise to redefine the perception of a chamber music concert with an astonishing palette of sounds.

The featured program will present several audience favorites where The Hutchins Consort's unique improvisational and expressive sounds allow the players to work together as though they are one instrument.

"Our audience is in for a real treat at this concert," said Bob Freaney, president of Fallbrook Music Society. "The Hutchins Consort is an incredibly unique and innovative group of musicians whose programs are a mix of old and new, classical, world music and jazz-influenced repertoire. Their arrangements and musicianship are superb," he added.

The violin octet is a family of stringed instruments developed in the 20th century primarily under the direction of the late American luthier, Dr. Carleen Hutchins. Each instrument is based directly on the traditional violin and shares its acoustical properties, with the goal of a richer and more homogeneous sound. Unlike the standard modern stringed instruments, the main resonance of the body of the violin octet instrument is a pitch near the two middle open strings, giving the instruments a more balanced, clearer sound across a wide range of music.

The Hutchins Consort performance will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, in Fallbrook's historic Mission Theater, 231 N. Main Avenue. Concert hall doors open at 1:30, and the concert begins at 2:00. And the best news of all – this concert is free admission.

More information is available at fallbrookmusicsociety.org or (760) 451-8644.

Submitted by the Fallbrook Music Society.

 

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