Darcy returns for ‘Rindt & Friends’

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Darcy returns for ‘Rindt & Friends’Two notable members of the musical Rindt family will collaborate once again for the next Patrick Rindt & Friends concert on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-18, at the Ridgecrest United Methodist Church.

Patrick, a local virtuoso-pianist-turned-composer, will be performing at the concert with three other accomplished musicians — including his sister, Darcy.

Both Patrick and Darcy acknowledge the impact of their musical Rindt genes, and their exposure to classical music from an early age, on their choice of careers.

But for Darcy — who sang and played violin and viola from a young age — that passion did not begin to fully develop until junior high, when she was exposed to the music of Anne Akiko Meyers, a world-renowned violinist who spent her early years in Ridgecrest.

That fascination was cemented when she traveled to Los Angeles in high school to see “The Phantom of the Opera,” which helped popularize musical theater in the 1980s-’90s. “That [show] communicated the emotional power of music for me and veered me down the path of ‘professional musician.’”

Since graduating from Burroughs High School in 1991, she went on to study viola at the University of California, Santa Cruz. From there, her career has seen her perform as a principal and soloist in prestigious orchestras, including the New World Symphony, Santa Cruz Symphony, Sacramento Philharmonic and San Francisco Ballet Orchestra.

She has performed with the likes of Josh Groban, Idina Menzel, Johnny Matthis and Luciano Pavarotti, and toured with Peter Gabriel.

She is currently on tour with the musical “Hamilton,” the wildly popular re-telling of our early American history.

“Millions are having an intense emotional journey — seeing live theater, hearing live music and becoming invested in being an American,” said Darcy. A highlight of her “Hamilton” experience has been playing the premiere of the show in Puerto Rico.

She is also the creative force behind “Squid Inc.,” a quartet that performs classical music infused with contemporary influences — including some of her own compositions. One of the members of that quartet, cellist Beth Vandervennet, will also travel to Ridgecrest for the upcoming concert.

The Rindts and Vandervennet will collaborate for a piano trio, but Darcy and Patrick will also perform the popular viola sonata that was premiered at the last concert.

“As a violist, I am so very grateful to be given an opportunity to play beautiful, romantic, melodic music!” she said, noting that most typical viola parts are relegated to rhythmic or harmonic support for the rest of an ensemble.

“Patrick writes beautifully for stringed instruments and, being a cellist himself, knows how to write for us.”

Darcy said she was already a huge fan of her brother’s sonatas — which include duos for left-hand piano with viola, cello and trumpet. “Now I am excited to reveal the Piano Trio.”

Patrick’s piece calls for the piano, cello and viola — which stands in for the traditional violin in the third part. “I’ve had a few chances to perform with his instrumentation and selfishly speaking, it is my favorite.”

“I hope to showcase my brother, his talent and how he has found a way to share it despite a few hurdles,” said Darcy. “Also Beth Vandervennet is one of the most talented and fantastic humans you will ever meet. She will love Ridgecrest, and Ridgecrest will love her.”

“Of course I look up to Darcy as my big sister, but I also really look up to her as a musician,” said Patrick. “Her compositions and arrangements for strings show incredible imagination, and there is a special quality in her playing I can only describe as ‘soulfulness.’”

Patrick Rindt & Friends will perform Saturday, Aug. 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at Cosner-Neipp Corp. for $25 per person ($20 reduced).

Story First Published: 2019-08-09