Byron Schenkman is no stranger to Tri-City music lovers. He has performed here many times, mostly for the Camerata Musica series.
This time he’s bringing along some musician friends, who’ll join him for his next Tri-City appearance Nov. 22 in the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
The Seattle harpsichordist/pianist is particularly known for his playful and lively style, said Nancy Welliver, with the Camerata Musica organization. But put him together with Paul Taub on flute, Liza Zurlinden on violin, Jason Fisher on viola and Nathan Whittaker on violoncello, and the fun really begins, she added.
“This group is really fabulous,” Welliver said.
As one Seattle Times reviewer put it, a Schenkman concert is far from a “dainty, bloodless evening of ye ole music.”
He has a way with sonatas, described as a program full of “dashing, colorful virtuoso works, full of brilliant roulades and downright theatrical.”
The Battelle concert includes a selection of works by Mozart and Carl Maria von Weber for piano, flute and strings.
Schenkman teaches music history at Seattle University and is a member of the early music faculty at Cornish College of the Arts.
“Schenkman is a fan of all keyboard music, particularly harpsichord, piano and, for a change, accordion,” Welliver said.
As for his friends, Taub is a professor of music at Cornish and a founding member of the Seattle Chamber Players. Zurlinden is a private music teacher, who recently moved to the Seattle area from San Francisco. Fisher, a Seattle native, is a Carnegie Hall Fellow and a founding member of the chamber orchestra, A Far Cry. Whittaker wears many hats, including concert soloist, chamber musician, recitalist, teacher and historical specialist for the cello. He also composed and recorded an original score for the Emmy-nominated documentary When Seattle Invented the Future.
The Byron Schenkman & Friends concert starts at 8 p.m. Admission is free. Early arrival is encouraged, as the 250-seat auditorium fills up quickly, Welliver said. Camerata Musica patrons get priority seating.