The Denver String Quintet :: Baur’s Chamber Music Series

Come for lunch before or stay for dinner for a wonderful afternoon. The Quintet is dedicated to sharing the excitement of chamber music with audiences of all ages. Their music is uniquely different with the intention to touch the lives of others. Denver String Quintet is: Autumn Deppa, violin; Matt Diekman, viola; Kevin Johnson, cello; Maria Brotherston, double bass; and Tim Garrington, piano.

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Matt Diekman “Diek” began playing violin at a young age to compete with his musical siblings. After entering college, he met the legendary Wayne Crouse, former principal violist of the Houston Symphony, and was convinced to make the switch to viola. Diek has played with the Boulder Philharmonic. He is a member of the Walden Chamber Music  Society in Colorado. He has participated in many summer festivals across the country including the Aspen Music Festival. He is an active and enthusiastic music teacher to all ages, and enjoys a healthy freelance career as well.  Perhaps his greatest musical honor is to own and perform on the very instrument on which his former teacher (Crouse) built his illustrious career.

string-quintet3 Originally from Topeka Kansas, Kevin Johnson, settled in Denver in 1973, at the age of 11, he took cello lessons at Denver Public Schools.  He was accepted into Denver Young Artists Orchestra (DYAO) in 1979 and was referred to University of Denver Cello Professor Richard Slavich for private study. He served as Principal Cello for DYAO for the next 6 years. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree in Cello Performance with a minor in Piano Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1991 while studying cello with Jurgen de Lemos, piano with Julie Cheek and Paul Floyd. Mr. Johnson spent 18 years as Asst. Principal Cello of the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra and its Chamber Orchestra while also performing, recording, and touring as cellist for the Mont Alto Ragtime and Tango Orchestra and that group’s alter ego the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra which focused on compiled musical scores for silent films. He is a founding member of the Boulder based Columbine String Quartet. Currently Principal Cello of Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra of Denver, Mr. Johnson resides in Aurora where he also enjoys performing as a pit orchestra musician with many of the local musical theatre organizations.

Tim Garrington has enjoyed a lifelong passion for music as a pianist, organist, harpsichordist, and singer. He has been keyboardist with the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra at Augustana Lutheran Church in Denver, Colorado, since its inception in the late 1990’s. Highlights have included playing harpsichord in J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto #5 and Concerto for Four Harpsichords and playing piano for selections from Claude Bolling’s Suite for Chamber Orchestra and Jazz Piano Trio. When not involved with musical pursuits, he works as a physician at Children’s Hospital Colorado and is on the faculty at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

María Brotherston has been a member of the Musica Sacra Chamber Orchestra  since 2001. She holds a Master’s Degree in Double Bass Performance from the University of Miami, a Bachelor’s degree in DB Performance from Lynn University (former Harid Conservatory of Music) and a Bachelors of Music Education from the Metropolitan State University of Denver.  María  is a Strings Specialist for Aurora Public Schools. She has a private teaching studio in Aurora, and is a Resident Artist at the Denver School of the Arts. She has performed and collaborated with James Taylor. She has also performed with the Denver Philharmonic  and Fort Collins Symphony. Her major teachers include Lucas Drew and Janet Clippard as well as Stuart Sankey and performed for François Rabbath and Francesco Petracchi.

Autumn Emily Deppa is a native of Wisconsin who has played in orchestras across the country including the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, New World Symphony Orchestra, Colorado Music Festival, and Spoleto USA. Autumn holds four degrees in violin performance, with Sally O’Reilly and Elmar Oliveira among her principal teachers. She is an avid solo, orchestral, and chamber musician who has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Sir James Galway, Amy Grant, The Fray, and Smokey Robinson.  Autumn currently serves as a violinist with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, is on the faculty at the distinguished Lucci Music Academy, and is Concertmaster of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon in Baur’s Salon to enjoy an afternoon of delightful chamber music from this talented group.

Sunday, November 22  ::  3:00pm
The Denver String Quintet
Baur’s Listening Lounge
Dinner Reservations: 303-615-4000
1512 Curtis Street
Denver, CO

The Concert

The Denver String Quintet will be performing a matinee recital of rarely performed works by Schubert and Hummel in Baur’s historic Salon sponsored by Music Appreciation Society.


Franz Schubert (1797 – 1828), Trout Quintet A Major violin, viola, cello, bass, piano (1819)

Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778 – 1837), Piano Quintet Eb Op.87 violin, viola, cello, bass, piano (1802)


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Trout Quintet


“Influenced by Hummel, Schubert’s much-loved ‘Trout’ Quintet, one of the most popular chamber music pieces of all time”

— Hyperion Records

“The persistence of Hummel’s quintet over 17 years of rapid musical change testifies to its popularity in the composer’s day, although it, along with most of the rest of Hummel’s oeuvre, was forgotten after his death. Revivalists who have unearthed it have discovered a work with the composer’s proto-Romantic musical language fully in place.”