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La Grua's Music Matters series brings 'The Soul of Viola'

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Do you think artists who play viola wish their instrument was more prominently featured in classical repertoire? Probably, although they probably have it better than those French horn people.

I know this: Saturday's Music Matters concert at the La Grua Center in Stonington should resonate with those who love the gorgeous sounds of the viola. In fact, the program is titled "The Soul of the Viola."

Pianist Cullan Bryant joins violist Carol Gimbel in a program that includes works by Robert Schumann, Benjamin Britten, and Rebecca Clarke. Both musicians are classically trained virtuosos with global resumes, and they'll be performing on vintage instruments — Bryant on an 1886 Chickering concert grand and Gimbel on a viola dating to 1725 and once owned and played by the genius Emmanuel Vardi.

Music Matters, 3 p.m. Saturday, La Grua Center, 32 Water St., Stonington; $15; wine reception follows; (860) 535-2300.


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