Published 09/14/11

Violin octet Hutchins Consort will perform

SMITHFIELD, R.I.  (Sept. 14, 2011) -- A collection of eight acoustically-matched violins ranging in size from the tiny treble to the seven-foot-tall contrabass, will take center stage at Bryant University on Wednesday, Oct. 19, when the Hutchins Consort performs as part of the President's Cultural Series.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Janikes Auditorium.

These unique instruments, unveiled in the 1960s, are the work of famed luthier Carleen Hutchins, who spent her life reimagining what a violin could be. In the process, she harnessed acoustic technology to develop a family of violins that, according to the New York Times, "corrects the acoustic imbalances ... that have bedeviled composers and players for generations." The instruments span "more than seven octaves while maintaining the timbre of a violin throughout," the Times wrote in Hutchins' 2009 obituary. "Each instrument is pitched just half an octave from the next, filling the gaps in timbre. In performance, the consort creates an even, densely interwoven tissue of sound, almost like choral music without the words."

Tickets for the concert, part of the President's Cultural Series, are $10 general admission ($5 for Bryant alumni if purchased in advance). Smithfield residents can get two free tickets; additional tickets are $5 each. For information or to reserve tickets, call (401) 531-6661.

Tickets for Bryant students, faculty and staff are free and may be picked up at the Bryant Center during business hours. Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $10 each.