Musicians of Ma’alwyck at FM

by James Swanger

A special night of music is coming to FM’s theater, featuring the musical ensemble, Musicians of Ma’alwyck at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck, who specialize in music from the 18th and 19th centuries, will present their program “A Musical Journey,” featuring violinist and director Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, guitarist Sten Isachsen and flutist Norman Thibodeau.

Photo of Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, director and founder of Musicians of Ma’alwyck.

The group will perform works by Gioachino Rossini, Niccolò Paganini, Blum, Carlo Cannobio and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as a performance titled “Slippery Slope” by flutist Thibodeau and Spanish influenced solo guitar works.

Repertory includes 18th century transcriptions of highlights from Mozart’s popular opera “The Magic Flute”, along with a reduction of the overture to “La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie)” by Rossini, duos for violin and guitar by the devil’s violinist Paganini and others by the virtually forgotten Cannobio.

The evening will also feature discussion of the repertory and the instruments in a fun and informal way.

The ensemble was founded in 1999 by Barker Schwartz, and in 2002 a great opportunity was given to the group. Musicians of Ma’alwyck were invited to perform by Television Producer Norman Lear, who purchased the last private copy of the Declaration of Independence.

Dr. Stephen Astmann, who helped coordinate the event, remarked “The Musicians of Ma’alwyck are offering a special occasion to both enjoy and learn about music… it’s a rare opportunity that shouldn’t be passed up… enjoy refreshments, meet the musicians, and view the fabrics in the Perrella Gallery after the concert… kick off the weekend in style!”

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