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