Chamber concert marks church’s anniversary

DeKALB – Westminster Presbyterian Church of DeKalb will host a chamber concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2.

The concert is the second in a series of monthly musical events celebrating Westminster’s 50th anniversary. This concert will feature violinist Mathias Tacke, professor of violin at Northern Illinois University and former second violinist of the Vermeer Quartet. Originally from Bremen, Germany, Tacke studied with Ernst Mayer-Schierning in Detmold, with Emanuel Hurwitz and David Takeno in London, and with Sandor Vegh in Cornwall. He won first prize in the Jugend Musiziert national competition, and graduated with honors from Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie, where he was later appointed to the faculty.

From 1983 to 1992, Tacke was a member of the Ensemble Modern, one of the most important professional groups specializing in 20th-century music. In this capacity he gave countless premieres of works by most of today’s leading composers, including Frank Zappa. He has made numerous recordings for such labels as Sony, ECM, Harmonia Mundi, and Teldec.

Tacke will perform Beethoven’s “String Trio in D Major” and will be accompanied by Ann Montzka on viola and Thomas Cappaert on cello. Violinists Victor Ryzhov and Laurie Rodriguez will join Cappaert in a string trio by Mozart, and Cappaert and pianist Jan Vander Meer will perform the “Sonata in G Major for Cello and Piano” by Sammartini.

The concert is free and open to the public. Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, is fully accessible. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

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