Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


March 6, 2014

Dutch duo in tune for Music at Christ Church

A bit of The Netherlands in the form of a cello and guitar duo visits Andover next week for the latest installment in the Music at Christ Church series.

Cellist Douw Fonda and classical guitarist Martin Kaaij will perform on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the 33 Central St. church.

The Amsterdam-based musicians have arranged a program that will include Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A minor, known as the “Arpeggione;” Johann Sebastian Bach’s Suite No. 3 in C major for unaccompanied cello and Joaquin Nin’s Suite Espagnole.

Fonda has been performing in the Netherlands for two decades as a soloist, chamber musician and as assistant principal cellist of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam.

As a youth, he participated in the Young Performers Program at Longy School of Music in Cambridge, before going on to the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick and its joint preparatory program with New England Conservatory. Upon graduation, he won the Boston Symphony orchestra’s Young Artist Competition and played as a soloist with the Boston Pops.

He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Eastman School of Music and a Master of Music degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He continued his musical studies, specializing in baroque cello, after moving to the Netherlands in 1993, and earned a Certificate at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. He performs regularly in Holland with the Vespucci String Quartet.

Kaaij studied at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam, where he founded the Bommel Quartet (violin, oboe, guitar and bassoon) with members of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. He has performed with all of the major orchestras of The Netherlands and has regularly played with The Netherlands Opera, one of the largest such companies in Europe.

He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., India, Australia and the Far East, premiering some 80 compositions for guitar. He has recorded several CDs and written two books on classical music.

Barbara Bruns, Christ Church’s minister of music, oversees the concert series that is bringing the duo to Andover.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors, with a $35 maximum for a family. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and a reception for the artists will follow the concert in Christ Church’s Parish Hall.

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