You normally don’t think of baroque musicians as charity workers. But for a trio of Northwest musicians this Sunday afternoon, music and charity go together.
Nationally known harpsichordist Byron Schenkman, violinist Ingrid Matthews, and Tacoma native bassoonist Anna Marsh come together at the University of Puget Sound for a benefit concert of 17th-century Italian music to help South Sound Outreach’s Project Homeless Connect, which helps alleviate difficulties for homeless folks. Called “Musicians to End Poverty,” the concert includes the music of Castello, Marini and Fontana.
The back story is almost as interesting as the concert itself. Marsh, a Stadium High School graduate who now plays with major baroque groups around the country, is the daughter of Roberta Marsh, executive director of the non-profit South Sound Outreach. Anna Marsh happened to borrowed Roberta’s van to rehearse with Schenkman and Matthews for a concert at Benaroya Hall. One of them asked about the vehicle.
“She told them of her mom’s need to drive things around for Project Homeless Connect,” Roberta Marsh said. “So Ingrid suggested that they do a benefit concert for the project. … This is a gift back to (Anna’s) hometown.”