Above: Promotional photo of The Hutchins Consort, who will be performing at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall on January 12, 2013 for the Bach & Rock Benefit Performance.
On January 12, 2013, the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach will be elegantly played alongside the best of Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, Lennon/McCartney and Queen in a benefit performance by the Hutchins Consort.
This concert marks the first by the ensemble at Qualcomm Hall. In celebration of the move, the group is including a catered pre-concert reception in the ticket price.
"Moving from a 250-seat space to this 500-plus seat auditorium presents a challenge," said artistic director Joe McNalley, "but the larger hall enables us to introduce our special brand of chamber music to twice the audience, and I believe the programming appeals to a broad cross-section of the San Diego arts and culture scene. After all, who can resist a concert that aligns the best of Bach with classical Rock?"
The Hutchins Consort is known for its eclectic programming. The group includes two visionary composers who have written and arranged a vast anthology of works that embraces virtually every known musical genre.
All the music is either transcribed from standard repertoire or composed specifically for the Hutchins Octet to accommodate the unique sonic structure of these instruments. The collection gives the ensemble diversity in performance that few traditional groups can match and is key to their success in bridging the gap between classical music and pop culture.
The string octet performs on instruments designed by luthier and scientist Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning; a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled.
Location: Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, 5775 Morehouse Drive San Diego, CA 92121 Google Map