Evening of chamber music to be performed April 9


Flutist Dennette McDermott will present an evening of chamber music Monday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public. McDermott will be joined by Northwestern State faculty Douglas Bakenhus on bassoon and Francis Yang on harpsichord and guest artist Lindsey Strand-Polyak on violin. They will perform on period or 18th century baroque instruments.

The program will include works by Telemann, Bach, Leclair and Czech composer Jiri Czart, a violinist and flutist of the court of Frederick the Great. McDermott published the first thematic catalogue of Czart’s works last year. Strand-Polyak will premier one of the violin sonatas on an instrument made by Richard Duke Sr. in London in 1776.

Strand-Polyak will be an artist in residence at NSU and a guest lecturer in music history courses. Praised for her “rococo gracefulness,” Strand-Polyak is active throughout the West Coast as a baroque violinist and violist. She performs with ensembles such as the American Bach Soloists, Musica Angelica, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Pacific MusicWorks and Bach Collegium San Diego. She has appeared at the Oregon Bach Festival, Twin Cities Early Music Festival and the Fringe Series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals.

Strand-Polyak was the assistant director for the UCLA Early Music Ensemble from 2011-2015, and is co-artistic director of baroque chamber group Ensemble Bizarria and of Los Angeles Baroque, Southern California’s first community baroque orchestra. She has presented lecture-recitals at McGill University, the University of Texas at Austin and national meetings of the American Musicological Society. She has served on the faculty of the Colburn School and the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA, and was recently appointed adjunct professor of baroque violin and viola at Claremont Graduate University. She earned her PhD/MM in musicology and violin performance from UCLA. Her website is at strandpolyak.com.