Mozart in Paris offers audiences a new perspective on the famous composer with this program for oboe, strings, and fortepiano featuring acclaimed American fortepianist Sylvia Berry. Accompanied by readings from Mozart’s humorous letters, Les Délices creates a context for Mozart’s time in the City of Light by setting his works alongside those composers whose music was all the rage. The program features Mozart’s Grand Partita, plus works by Boccherini, Cambini, and Mozart’s mentor Johann Schobert.
Apollo’s Fire’s “Sephardic Journey” program won rave reviews on both sides of the Atlantic. Now Jeannette Sorrell presents a sequel—an exploration of the three peoples whose music and faith brought such vibrancy to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The program is a “tour” of the four quarters of Jerusalem (Jewish, Christian, Arab, and Armenian/Byzantine), revealing the surprising cross-influences among Catholic, Jewish, and Arab musicians and poets.
Centered on the wealth of music associated with such legendary royalty as Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, and Mary Queen of Scots, voices and instruments resound in this joyful program for cathedral, court, and countryside. Works by Englishmen William Byrd and Thomas Tallis are featured alongside Scottish masters Robert Carver and Robert Johnson, as well as "Tudor tutor," Philip van Wilder.
Condemned in France and banned in England upon its release in 1928, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is now crowned as one of the greatest films ever made. In Voices Appeared, the film receives for the first time a soundtrack of music from the lifetime of the French Saint, performed by one of the world’s leading medieval vocal ensembles. The carefully selected repertoire is tailored to fit the emotional rhythms of this startling film, amplifying its sacred and historical contexts to produce a unique fusion of silent cinema and medieval music.
The lute was the most beloved solo instrument of the Renaissance, but lutenists often doubled the pleasure by performing as duos. A large repertoire of exciting lute duets survives from throughout Europe, but the pinnacle of this art was achieved in Italy and England. The leading performers of the time cultivated a style of duets in which the two players challenged each other by trading passages back and forth with increasingly dazzling feats of virtuosity.
The Early Interval celebrates the 400th anniversary of composer Barbara Strozzi’s birth with a program of music by women composers of the Baroque period. In addition to lyrical Italian pieces for soprano by Strozzi, the concert includes vocal and instrumental chamber music by French composer Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre. For this program, The Early Interval features the sounds of recorder, violin, theorbo, and viola da gamba, and will be joined by guest harpsichordist Alexandra Snyder Dunbar.
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