Concert provides chance to hear rare instrument

Composer Joseph Haydn

Composer Joseph Haydn

St. Scholastica's Cambiata concert series closes out its season March 12 with a performance featuring a rarely heard stringed instrument, the baryton.

"Haydn, The Prince and Baryton" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12 in the Mitchell Auditorium on campus. It will feature works specifically written for the baryton by famed Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, who wrote more than 120 works of chamber music commissioned by Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy to play his favorite musical instrument.

Penny Schwarze, baryton, will be joined by Ron Kari, viola, and Betsy Husby, cello, in a concert of charming trios composed for the prince's pleasure. The baryton is similar to the viola but distinguished by an extra set of plucked strings. It was in regular use in Europe until the end of the 18th century.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students.

"Cambiata" is Italian for "changed." The Cambiata concert series celebrates changing styles and the enduring value of music.