Young violinist debuts with Toccata in ‘Going Baroque’
Antonio Vivaldi at age 25 was appointed the master violinist of an Italian orphanage, and children gained an appreciation of his music both as he composed and played it.
More than 300 years later, 23-year-old Brune Macary has a similar mission.
This Saturday, Jan. 15, the violinist is making her debut with Toccata, the Orchestra and Community Choral Artists of the Tahoe Area, conducted by James Rawie.
During the sixth annual Winter MusicFest “Going Baroque” concert series Jan. 15 – 19, she will be playing Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso Op. 3 #11. The piece begins majestically and soon soars into rapid musical escapade that includes the entire orchestra. Additional work by Vivaldi, considered by many one of the greatest musical influences of the 17th and 18th centuries, will open the concert as trumpeters Mark Lord and William van Meter perform the Concerto for 2 trumpets in D major.
While Macary played Vivaldi as a youngster her upcoming solo performances hold a special thrill.
“I am excited by this concert,” she said. “I am looking forward being accompanied by a harpsichord.”
Her love affair with the violin began at the age of 6 in her native France. Now enrolled in the Orchestra Education Studies program at the University of Nevada in Reno she also plays with the school’s Nightingale string quartet and the Reno Chamber Orchestra.
She was born during the height of bands such as Bon Jovi and White Snake, but Macary has always been drawn to classical music.
She strives to share the sensations with people who are not familiar with the genre.
“I try to convey what emotions are being brought out to help people relate,” she said.
At the same time she is happy to experience other types of music.
Two years ago she was in Haiti teaching classical music and learning to play the fast percussion rhythms of the island nation’s folk songs.
The pace during the “Going Baroque” promises to be calmer. Vocalists Stuart Duke, Joy Stroz and Anna Helwing will lead the choral singing of the Christmas Oratorio from Johann Sebastian Bach’s Cantata #4. Corelli’s Concerto Grosso Opus 6 #8 and David Brock’s performance of Händel’s Concerto for Organ Op. 4 #3 will round out the program.
Both aficionados and novices are sure to find appreciation in the combined talents of Toccata.