Chamber Music Society concert season opens

Chamber Music Society concert season opensThe 2013-2014 Ridgecrest Chamber Music Society concert series opens with Erica Anne MacArthur, violin, on Sunday, Oct. 6. The concert will be performed in the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 Las Flores Ave., at 4 p.m.

MacArthur will present Bach: Sei Solo, the complete Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin. These are glorious pieces of music and a great adventure into the violin repertoire.

A hometown phenomenon, the artist began studying the violin at age 3. She has earned numerous awards and prizes for her violin playing and has performed widely in her communities – California, North-ern Virginia, Connecticut and Colorado – in addition to giving concerts in Canada, Morocco and Bolivia. While studying at the Hartt School in Hartford, Conn., with Anthea Kreston, MacArthur was drawn to the clarity and freedom of early music, and began her study of Baroque violin and historical performance at age 14.

She has performed extensively music from the Renaissance to the High Baroque, in addition to more recent repertoire. From 2010-2011, she studied with harpsichordist Elizabeth Farr and violinist Lina Bahn at the University of Colorado at Boulder, presenting a concert of the complete ‘Mystery Sonatas’ of Heinrich Biber. In 2012, MacArthur founded Ensemble Forlana to bring early music to the high desert community. She lives and teaches in Ridgecrest. Recently she presented a concert as part of the Maturango Museum concert series and soloed with the Desert Community Orchestra.

The ticket price is $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and $5 for students (through college) and active military. Tickets are available at Red Rock Books, the Matu-rango Museum and the door.

Story First Published: 2013-09-18