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Rare Strings: Featuring John Schneiderman

Sunday, March 20, 2011
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Event Type:
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival
831-459-2159 (tickets)
Location Details:
UCSC Music Center Recital Hall (Heller & Meyer Drives, Santa Cruz, CA 95064)

The Santa Cruz Baroque Festival presents

Featuring John Schneiderman (Baroque lute, 11-string Russian guitar & 19th-century 7-string guitar)
with Endangered Instrument Exhibit (Intermission ~ Charles Sutton, curator)

Saturday, March 12, at 7:30pm
UCSC Music Center Recital Hall (UCSC Campus)

The Baroque Festival resumes its 2011 Season, Endangered Musics, with Concert II: “Rare Strings.” Traveling by lute and guitar, virtuoso artist John Schneiderman will offer concert goers a musical promenade from Moscow to the Dresden court and the Parisian salon (including a brief escapade to Vienna). This program of music from the 1700s and 1800s includes selections by Weiss, Alexandrov, Sychra, Coste, and Mertz, played on a collection of “rare strings”: Baroque lute, and a 11-string Russian guitar, and a 19th-century 7-string guitar, each a different “endangered” musical animal, were brought to the brink of extinction by emerging rival species, or changing environmental conditions. In addition to the concert, the Baroque Festival offers its 3rd annual “(Endangered) Instrument Exhibit” at intermission, curated by luthier Charles Sutton.

Concert II takes place on Saturday, March 12, at the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall beginning at 7:30 pm. Tickets can be purchased through the UCSC Ticket Office (, 831-459-2159), the Civic Center Box Office, and the SC Baroque Festival (, 831-457-9693). Admission: $23 general, $17 senior, $6 college student, $3 K-12. Subscriptions for 3 or 5 concerts are also available.

The press about John Schneiderman:

"Schneiderman's performance was dazzling. His fluent, unassuming virtuosity was entirely at the service of the music; and the dizzying gigue which closed the work left this listener breathless." (Times Colonist, Victoria British Columbia)

“Schneiderman’s tone is clear as a bell, and it turns delicate textures into sparkling jewels.” (Soundboard)

Charles Sutton about the Instrument Exhibit:

“Things are shaping up nicely for the exhibit. We will be showing several instruments, less known to the general public though somewhat familiar to fans of early music. Each will have a brief historical description with interesting facts (. . .). As an instrument maker and historian, I have visited instrument museums throughout the world. If we, as early music devotees, continue to perform our music on authentic instruments, I feel that it is important to give our audiences a first hand, close-up look at them (. . .).”

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