Cellist to join ‘Rindt & Friends’

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Cellist to join ‘Rindt & Friends’San Francisco-based cellist Beth Vandervennet will be making her local debut in the upcoming Patrick Rindt & Friends concert, but her connection to the Rindt family goes back much farther.

Beth performed alongside Patrick in the world premier of his Sonata in C Major for Cello and Left Hand Piano, Op. 10 last year at a classical revival concert in Arizona. The duo will present the piece for local audiences for the first time on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m. in the United Methodist Church.

“I began playing cello when I was 10 years old, at the prompting of my mother, who has instilled in me the importance of creativity and arts education,” said Beth.

“As I persevered through school, I fell in love with making music and playing music with other people, so it was a natural choice to go to college for a music degree which led me to becoming a professional.”

Since then, she has performed in hundreds of concerts staged all over the world. “Many of these performances have been full of impact and engagement with the audiences, which is very rewarding,” she said.

“Upon deeper reflection, making wonderful friendships through playing music along the musician’s journey is probably the biggest highlight.”

She said that Patrick’s sister, Darcy — a renowned violist — is a perfect example of one of these friendships. “We met each other playing in the San Francisco area many years ago, and she has become such a great friend, above and beyond what a fantastic musical colleague she is too!”

Darcy introduced Patrick to Beth, and they have since become musical collaborators themselves.

Patrick said that aside from the piano, cello is one of his favorite instruments to compose for.

“I played the cello for many years, so I’m aware of some of the potential of this beautiful and versatile instrument,” he said.

“And it’s pretty easy for me to imagine music to play beyond my own limited abilities but that an artist such as Beth could execute flawlessly.

“But Beth adds so much more to my music than just precision — her sound is gorgeous beyond belief, and it’s truly inspiring how much personality and expression she brings to her playing.”

“Patrick’s music resonates musically with me,” said Beth. “He is a gifted composer whom I have much respect for.” She notes that the piece is beautiful, rich, diverse and full of character.

Beth will also perform the Trio for Viola, Cello and Left Hand Piano, Op. 11 alongside Darcy and Patrick.

Living in three different cities, the members of the trio practice individually most of the time, getting together occasionally to rehearse. But that only lends more excitement.

“The spontaneity of live performance is always an adventure,” she said. “We put much effort into working the music, and when the time comes for the performance, we immerse ourselves yet simultaneously ‘let go’ to see what will magically happen. Being in the moment is always a joy!”

Patrick Rindt & Friends will also perform 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