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Husband-and-wife team offer unusual combination of violin and percussion for the next Second City Chamber Series concert

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on April 4, 2013 at 5:28 am |
April 2, 2013 12:30 pm

How often do you get to see a husband-and-wife performing classical music together? Well, if they play percussion and violin respectively, not that often – which is why this weekend’s Second City Chamber Series concert is not to be missed. Violinist Denise Dillenbeck joins her husband, percussionist and composer Mark Goodenberger, to play an eclectic evening of music at First Lutheran Church as DuoDG in “These Two Things Do Not Go Together.”

If you’re wondering who on earth has written music for this unlikely combination of instruments, the answer is simple: Contemporary composers who have a good appreciation of the unique sonorities you get when you combine the rich melodic voice of the violin and the vast array of timbres and rhythms available to percussionists. One of those composers is Goodenberger himself. Director of percussion at Central Washington University and a specialist of contemporary and baroque percussion, he’s also a prolific writer of music, joining music of different styles from theater, dance and vaudeville.

Dillenbeck, known as the former associate concertmaster of the Tacoma Symphony, has just taken a position at CWU as well as second violin in the college’s resident Kairos Quartet. She has also played for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Seattle Symphony, Baltimore Symphony and Oregon Symphony, among others.

This Sunday the duo will play three of Goodenberger’s works, including “Different Trains” and “Paris Sketches” for violin and percussion, and “Windmills” for violin, percussion and didjeridoo, that Aboriginal Australian cylindrical wind instrument requiring circular breathing and a powerful embouchure.

Also on the program is “Marimba” by Daniel Levitan, “Tres Colores” by Maria Newman and “Legal Highs” by David P. Jones.

4 p.m. April 7. $20/$10/free for 18 and under. First Lutheran Church, 524 S.  I St., Tacoma. 253-572-8863, sschamberseries.org

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