The Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) will present Valencia Baryton Project in a Chamber Music Concert, 7:30 p.m.Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the museum’s Mary Craig Auditorium, 1130 State St.
The Valencia Baryton Project was founded in Valencia, Spain, with the vision of performing the nearly 160 works written by Franz Joseph Haydn, as well as compositions by other modern and classical composers.
At the heart of the ensemble is the traditional formation in trio — baryton, viola and violoncello — for which Haydn wrote 123 works during his time as the court composer for Prince Esterhazy of Austria.
For their first performance at SBMA, the group will play Haydn’s Baryton trios numbers “67 in G major,” “113 in D major,” “87 in A minor” and “69 in D major.”
They will also perform works written especially for the trio, including Canadian composer Steve Zink’s “The River,” British composer John Pickup’s “Prelude 1,” and a U.S. premiere of Pickup’s new composition “Lament.”
Musician Matthew Baker is one of only a handful baryton performers in the world, an instrument considered to have been the pinnacle of aristocratic instruments of the classical era.
On cello is Alex Friedhoff, a former Music Academy of the West student (’04, ’05).
Tickets at $20/SBMA members, and $25/non-members are available at tickets.sbma.net.