Marinus Ensemble brings Haydn to King Family Vineyards | The music

On Tuesday evening, music lovers who attend a sold-out concert at the King Family Vineyards in Crozet will be able to hear the first local performance of an ensemble that relies on a network of musician friends.

The concert, made possible by the Sainte-Croix church in Crozet, will feature “The Seven Last Words of Christ” by Franz Joseph Haydn, which the composer wrote in 1786 for large orchestra and adapted for string quartet the year next.

“We’ve made it a staple in our repertoire,” said violist Rachel Kuipers Yonan, artistic and executive director of Ensemble Marinus. “It’s one of the coolest things we do.”

Yonan will team up with violinists Siwoo Kim and Kobi Malkin and cellist Joseph Kuipers, his brother, to perform Haydn’s work; they will come from New York and Dallas to join her. Now in its 11th year, Ensemble Marinus brings together different combinations of personnel to meet the demands of each composition.

“I like to describe it as a group of friends,” Yonan said. “We have about 20 people on our list.”

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Yonan, who teaches viola at Duke University, moved to Charlottesville about a year ago when her husband took on a new job. “I love it here,” she said.

The concert is free, but all seats have been reserved. It offers visitors the opportunity to savor classical music with wine and picturesque views.

The King Family Vineyards setting provides the whole “a place that’s so beautiful on its own, you can’t go wrong,” Yonan said. “You can’t go wrong at King Family.”

The public will be able to hear a musical introduction, the Introduzione, and seven sonata movements – “Father, forgive them”, “Today you will be with me in paradise”, “Mother, here is your son”, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”, “I am thirsty”, “It is over” and “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” – interspersed with brief meditations.

The string quartet version offers a more intimate feel, but not at the expense of emotion or intensity. “It ends with an earthquake,” which represents the moment when the temple curtain separating God from the world is torn apart, Yonan said.

Haydn created the work at the request of the Canon of Cadiz Cathedral in Spain, who was looking for a Lenten devotion based on the seven last words spoken by Jesus Christ.

To learn more about the musicians, go to MarinusEnsemble.com.

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