Hutchins Consort to perform in Newport Beach

Hutchins Consort

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The Hutchins Consort

Music lovers are in for a treat, when the Hutchins Consort comes to Southern California with one performance in Newport Beach.

“All’s Fair in Love and War,” will take place Sunday, Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Presbyterian Church, 2200 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Beach. This brand new arrangement of Biber’s extraordinary Battalia (battle) is paired with the motets of Don Carlo Gesualdo, and other works of love.

The Hutchins Consort plays on eight scaled violins from the tiny treble violin, tuned one octave above the standard violin, to the large bass violin, tuned one octave lower than a cello. That broad palette of instruments helps the ensemble produce an astonishing range of sounds. The instruments designed and built by luthier Dr. Carleen Hutchins, whose research into the acoustic properties of string 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.

Cost: Adults, $35; Senior/Student, $25; a Family Package for two adults and two children, $60. For tickets, visit, or purchase tickets at the door.