The Esterházy Ensemble, a European classical chamber music trio, will perform at Lynchburg College on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall. Directed by Michael Brüssing, the ensemble derives its name from the famous Hungarian noble family that was a patron to composer Joseph Haydn. Other members of the trio are Andras Bolyki and Mária Andrásfalvy-Brüssing.
The ensemble specializes in music written for the barytone, a string instrument that was popular throughout the region of South Germany and Austria during the 18th century. While at the Esterházy court, Haydn composed 150 works for the barytone, and without these compositions the instrument would be lost to history because of the complicated way it has to be built and played.
The program will feature divertimenti by Haydn and Aloisio Luigi Tomasini, and a duetto by Carl Friedrich Abel.
The concert is free and open to the public.