By: Alex Martin
Steuart Pincombe and his wife Michelle are traveling the country hoping to connect with people through classical music.
The couple visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse in Columbia on Saturday afternoon to put on an event they have named, Bach and Beer, a part of their Music in Familiar Spaces tour.
Cellist Steuart is introduced by his wife Michelle. They left the Netherlands for their new adventure.
“So we’re taking one year and traveling the country. And we’re living in a little 1959 camper-trailer while we’re on the road,” said Pincombe.
Michelle is also the tour organizer. She met people at the door where they were asked to name their own ticket price. The goal was to make it affordable and accessible to everyone.
The option to name your own price created lines out the door.
Pincombe played three cello suites that were each paired with a different classical-style brew.
Pincombe is no amateur. He has been playing the cello since he was six years old and plays from a handwritten copy written by Bach’s wife.
“My sister was a violinist so I found it very appealing to get the bigger, more manly instrument, I thought,” said Pincombe.
The audience of all ages seemed to really enjoy the uniqueness of the event.
Former USC student Joanne Stoner loved taking it all in.
“The environment was great. There were so many people here tonight. And the music was absolutely beautiful,” said Stoner.
Pincombe appreciated the Columbia environment as well.
“It was a bit loud but it’s a good energy and I loved it. But I love this atmosphere. It feels really historic and I love that and the closeness of everyone,” Pincombe said.
The event seemed to do what it had hoped for. People brought together by great music and great beer.