Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and Stravinsky’s Ragtime highlight a list of Russian favorites performed by the Hutchins Consort in its second concert of the 2013/2014 season.

In Russian music, the juxtaposition and mingling of joy and sorrow intensify the experience of each, reflecting a characteristic fervor in the Russian temperament. For the most part, there is a feeling that Russian composers are telling stories, not just to convey information but to unburden themselves — to reflect on the human condition as it existed in their time. Artistic Director Joe McNalley has created a program of Russian music with stories that invite you to travel through places in time – just as the composers intended.


                FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2013 at 7:30 pm

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 890 Balour Drive, Encinitas

                SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17, at 3:00 pm

St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach

                TICKETS:   $20 – $60

                INFORMATION:  Purchase tickets by calling 888-99-OCTET (888-996-2838) or by visiting



January 11, 2014

Febraury 8, 2014

April 12, 2014

 Concert time:  10:00 am – 11:00 am

Encinitas Public Library
540 Cornish Drive
Encinitas, CA  92024

Admission is Free




The Musicians

Heralded as one of Southern California’s cultural treasures, the Hutchins Consort redefines the customary perception of the chamber music concert with programs that combine great works of virtually every musical genre — from Renaissance to Rock. Their performances are virtuosic, uninhibited, sometimes improvisational and always entertaining. “…A refreshing departure from the typical chamber music performance.”

The Instruments

500 years ago, the master luthiers of Northern Italy envisioned a set of stringed instruments whose combined voices would produce harmonic tones of equal strength and resonance throughout the entire range of written music. The violin, viola, violoncello and contrabass represent the surviving offspring of their dream and form the core of the modern symphony orchestra.

Over the centuries, attempts have been made to improve and/or augment the violin’s sound by combining traditional methods of violin-making with acoustic testing processes and materials unavailable in the past. The first successful attempt to create a set of harmonically matched stringed instruments was achieved by Dr. Carleen Hutchins, a luthier and physicist whose research into the acoustic properties of stringed instruments resulted in an innovative process called free-plate tuning — a precise method of refining the top and back plates of a violin before it is assembled — to bring it to peak acoustic performance.

Ranging in size from the 18.5-inch treble to the 7.2-foot contrabass, these instruments not only capture the emotional element of the music, but have the additional advantage of being crafted as a complete set with the same harmonic DNA — giving them the ability to produce a unique array of sounds that add new dimension to the works they perform.