ACRONYM plays Pipino series

ACRONYM will be the next offering in the Donald P. Pipino Performing Arts Series.

The baroque string ensemble’s name is an acronym for Altmusik Collective Resurrecting Obscure Nuanced Yesteryear’s Masterpieces and was started by Kivie Cahn-Lipman, who is a Dana School of Music assistant professor.

It has been hailed by The New Yorker as an “outstanding young early-music string ensemble,” and it is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the 17th century. Its members include Adriane Post, Edwin Huizinga and Johanna Novom, violins; Karina Schmitz, violin and viola; Kyle Miller, viola; Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba; Kivie Cahn-Lipman, violoncello and viola da gamba; Nate Chase, violone; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo and guitar; and Elliot Figg, harpsichord and organ.

Since 2014 the band has released seven critically acclaimed recordings, and the Youngstown performance draws from its upcoming release, “The Battle, the Bethel, & the Ball.” The music commemorates The Battle of Vienna of 1683, a turning point in the centuries-long conflict between the Ottoman and the Holy Roman Empires. ACRONYM’s performance will include dueling choirs of strings and features H.I.F. von Biber’s masterpiece “Battalia,” which depicts the drunken revelry of soldiers, a battle scene and its tragic aftermath.

The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Ford Family Recital Hall at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown. Tickets are $34 for adults, $28 for senior citizens and YSU faculty and staff and $19 for children ages 3 to 17. Tickets are available at the DeYor box office, online at deyor pac.org and by calling 330-744-0264.

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