STONINGTON — The talented trio of Sonja Du Toit Tengblad, Emily Marvosh and Joseph Turbessi will head to Stonington Saturday to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of "Music Matters" at La Grua Center with a festive concert.
Du Toit Tengblad, a soprano who sings with "crystalline tone and graceful musicality" (according to the Boston Globe) and Marvosh, a contralto "of great charm," who "communicates like a gifted actress in tones of polished amber" (according to the Boston Musical Intelligencer), will sing, while Turbessi, a highly sought-after Boston-area collaborative pianist, accompanies them on piano. Turbessi will play both the 1886 Chickering concert grand and the agile 1922 Mason & Hamlin.
A monthly series of Saturday afternoon performances, Music Matters features chamber, solo, and early classical music concerts, along with "world-ethnic-folk music" in an intimate setting, according to Avondale resident Chrisopher Greenleaf, the artistic adviser for the series.
The concert, with its compelling name; "Heartfelt Salon, Intimate Stage," will include an intriguing selection of music including the Middle-English love song "Bryd one brere;" Elizabethan songs by Thomas Morley; Handel arias from Ariodante and Judas Maccabeus; "Northumberland Blow the Wind Southerly;" Jacques Offenbach's "Barcarolle;" Tom Lehrer's "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" and what some call the most famous comic duet of all time, Rossini-Pearsall's "Duet of the Two Cats."
"The repertoire says it all," writes Greenleaf, who said the three musicians, an "over-the-top talented trio ... will wring tears, outright laughter, and heartfelt pathos from beloved and, yes, some quite unexpected scores."
Greenleaf also described Marvosh as "a programming genius" who "will evoke the spirit of Kathleen Ferrier, even as she and superb soprano Sonja Tengblad pay potent, moving homage to brilliant 20th- and 17th-century songs. Irresistible."
"Seats will go fast, we suspect," he added.
A wine and cheese reception will take place immediately following the concert, to celebrate the anniversary of the series.