Arpeggione Duo

The Arpeggione Duo celebrates its 10th anniversary with several colorful pieces written for the Duo in addition to traditional classics from Bach and the masters of French Impressionism.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM




O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Great Hall

The Arpeggione Duo presents a new and rare sound, that of two of the most ancient string instruments, the cello and the guitar. The Arpeggione Duo marries the old with the new in its programs of music written in the 17th century to the present day. They specialize in elegant and evocative concert renditions and interpretations of musics of the world. Melding ancient art music with contemporary music comprises the conviction of the Arpeggione Duo: to render the music of all composers, be they ancient or a in a premiere of a commission, accessible and to synchronize it all into an enjoyable event.

Both performers have decades-long world touring experience on every continent, hold doctorates in their instruments and are long time pedagogues but this is not their persona. Thomas and Chris are performers who project meaning by “narrating” with their approach to interpretation. Audiences regularly comment on how engaged they are with both the performance and the performers.  

About Thomas Schonberg:
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.

About Chris Kachian:
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, Dr. Kachian 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 the Society for the Affectation of Baroque Music and also plays the blues harmonica.

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