The Arpeggione Duo to Present Guitar and Cello 10th Anniversary Concert Nov. 19

The Arpeggione Duo of guitarist Dr. Christopher Kachian and cellist Dr. Thomas Schönberg will perform a 7 p.m. concert Wednesday, Nov. 19, in the Great Hall, located on the second floor of O’Shaughnessy-Frey Library Center on the St. Paul campus of the University of St. Thomas.

Thomas Schönberg and Christopher Kachian.

Thomas Schönberg and Christopher Kachian.

The duo’s 10th anniversary concert is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served. For information call (651) 962-5014.

They will perform the French Suite in G major by J.S. Bach, another French suite by Gabriel Faure and Maurice Ravel, and Hello Cello by Claude Gagnon. The duo also will premier several new works they have commissioned: Campfire Songs by Michael Karmon, Fantasy by Bryan Johanson and Frozen Columns by Ron Pear.

The evening’s program is the same one the duo will perform on a November concert tour in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Schönberg and Kachian, who are educators as well as performers, formed The Arpeggione Duo after meeting at the Guitar Festival of Sollentuna, Sweden, in 2004.  They tour annually and have recorded four albums.

Schönberg is a native of Sweden and was accepted to the Royal Music Academy of Stockholm at 13. He received his doctorate at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and is dean of the Lidingo School of Music in Sweden. He performs throughout Europe, Asia and the United States on acello made around 1715 by Guarneri filius.

Kachian, whose doctorate is from the University of Minnesota, heads the Guitar Studies Program at St. Thomas and in 2011 was inducted into the renowned Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. A champion of new music, he has commissioned and premiered more than 40 works for guitar. He has given more than 500 performances in Japan, China, Africa, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru and throughout Europe and North America.

Kachian is a founding member of the Society for the Affectation of Baroque Music and also plays the blues harmonica.

The duo’s name reflects the musicians’ blend of guitar and cello. Invented in 1823 by Viennese guitar maker Johann Stauffer, the arpeggione has six strings and frets like a guitar, but it is similar in size to a cello and played with a bow. Only one major work was written for the instrument, the Sonata in A Minor for Arpeggione and Piano by Franz Schubert.