Sunday, Oct 14, 2018, 3:30 pm
MUSIC OF BOYCE AND HANDEL
Judson Griffin, leader and violin
Frederick Jodry, harpsichord
Michael Bahmann, organ soloist
We begin the year with a new venture for Museum Concerts: a resident chamber orchestra pulling together a dozen of Rhode Island’s favorite period instrumentalists, with a few guests from Boston and beyond. Londoner William Boyce is not nearly as well known today as Handel, but was one of the most celebrated and widely published composers of the 18th century. In addition to symphonies and concerti grossi of Boyce, this program features music by composers active in London alongside Boyce: an overture by Thomas Arne, a quintet for winds, strings, and obligato harpsichord by J. C. Bach, and a Handel organ concerto.
“… an ideal showpiece for Judson Griffin, the ensemble’s agile violinist” — the New York Times
Sunday, Nov 25, 2018, 3:30 pm
PUER NATUS ES –
A Medieval Christmas
Anne Azema, soprano, organetto
Camila Parias, soprano
Deborah Renz-Moore, alto
While Museum Concerts is launching a new ensemble, we welcome back one of America’s longest-lived early music groups – the Boston Camerata, celebrating their 64th season this year. Start your Holiday season with a glimpse of Christmas from Medieval France, Italy and England, including music of the church, and songs of private devotion around the joyous theme of the Nativity. Included are songs to the Virgin Mary, processionals from Limoges, and hymns, lyrics and miracle ballads sung in Latin, Old French, Provençal, and Saxon, all interlaced with Medieval English texts of the Nativity.
“A power beyond words, elevating your heart with the music”
— Milwaukee Magazine
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:30 pm
Agnes Coakley-Cox, soprano
Dan McCarthy, violin
Nathaniel Cox, cornetto and theorbo
Andrew Arreci, viola da gamba
Allen Hamrick, dulcian
Lewis R. Baratz, recorder and harpsichord, artistic director
During the time of transition from the late Renaissance to the Baroque
(c. 1590 to 1640), the highly ornamented style of the 17th century was known as the Stylus Phantasticus. Marked by rhetorical symbolism, extreme ornamentation and mystical religiosity, the works of Biber, Schmelzer, Bertali, Rossi, Kapsberger and Pandolfi exhibit passionate intensity and a desire to surprise and move the listener. Based in Philadephia, La Fiocco was founded by Lewis Baratz in 2010, and the group has performed widely on the Eastern Seaboard.
Agnes Coakley-Cox is praised for her “enchanting, glowing timbre and perfect intonation, with a good helping of theatrical spirit”
— Weiler Zeitung
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:30 pm
Andrew Willis, fortepiano
Throughout his life J. S. Bach was fascinated by instrument building – whether organs, various harpsichords, or the oboe da caccia, Bach kept on the cutting edge of what was possible in sonic design. He played a dozen or so new Silbermann fortepianos in 1746 when he visited Frederick the Great in Berlin, and impressed this musical monarch with his brilliant improvisations and his criticism of the instruments themselves. Recent research has suggested that by this time Bach may even have been a sales agent for Silbermann in Leipzig. The six Partitas were published by Bach in 1729. Although Bach only specifies clavier in these sets of keyboard dances, today they are most commonly played on harpsichord or modern piano. Andrew Willis brings a new sense of excitement by performing these beloved pieces on historic piano.
“Willis’s masterful sense of timing and the delicate sound of the instrument held the audience in a profound, attentive silence.”
— Washington Post