FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2022
REGINA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO PERFORM ON RARE, AMATI STRING INSTRUMENTS
REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN: The Regina Symphony Orchestra (RSO) will be featuring four rare instruments for two performances on October 22, 2022 in Regina. The quartet is made up of a viola, cello and two violins that were handcrafted in the 1600s by the Amati family in Italy. The quartet of instruments are part of the University of Saskatchewan’s collection in Saskatoon. They are being loaned to the musicians of the RSO who will use them to perform Beethoven’s String Quartet No 13 at Government House.
The Amati Family were pioneers in the construction of bowed stringed instruments, working in city of Cremona, Italy in the late 1500s to early 1700s. The instruments made their way to the university in Saskatoon through a donation by a Kindersley-based wheat farmer Steve Kolbinson who collected the instruments in the 1950s, before selling the group to the U of S. This is one of the only complete Amati quartets in the world.
RSO Concertmaster Christian Robinson will be performing on a violin handcrafted by Nicola Amati in 1637. Heng Han Hou, leader of the Violin II section, will use a violin from Antonio and Girolamo Amati in 1627. The viola, the most rare instrument in the group, was made in 1607 by Antonio and Girolamo Amati, will be played Principal Viola Jonathan Ward. The cello is the youngest instrument in the group, made in 1690 by Girolamo Amati. It will be played by Simon Fryer, Principal Cello.
The instruments will be played at the second instalment of the Chamber at Government House Series in the 22/23 concert season. This is a series where the musicians of the Regina Symphony Chamber Players select and perform music. The Government House Ballroom is an intimate and comfortable space to hear this music, with the audience surrounding the musicians. The museum at Government house is open to visitors before and after the matinee performance with access to their conservatory available for afternoon and evening intermissions.
Single tickets and ticket packages are available now for all series. Tickets can be purchased online at www.reginasymphony.com, through the RSO Box Office by calling 306-586-9555
Media availability with the musicians and instruments on the morning of October 21, 2022 at Government House. Contact for details.
Additional Resources: Concertmaster Christian Robinson chats with Véronique Mathieu Associate Professor of Violin, David L. Kaplan Chair in Music University of Saskatchewan about special instruments being performed in Regina in October 2022 https://vimeo.com/757397360/fe0b3f405b
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