OCTOBER 1, ENSEMBLE CHACONNE: EUROPEAN MASTERS IN 18TH C. LONDON
Peter H. Bloom, baroque flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba;
Olav Chris Henriksen, baroque lute and English guitar
European Masters in 18th Century England
St. Lawrence University
Peterson-Kermani Performance Hall, Griffiths Arts Center
23 Romoda Drive, Canton, NY 13617
Free Admission. Open to the Public.
“vitality and character…style and verve” -- MusicWeb International
“virtuosity, balance and charm” -- The Portland Press Herald
Boston’s Ensemble Chaconne (Peter H. Bloom, baroque flute; Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; and Olav Chris Henriksen, baroque lute and English guitar) will treat the audience to a dazzling tour of chamber music treasures that captured the imagination of 18th century Londoners, performed on instruments of the period. The concert will feature masterpieces by Handel and Vivaldi, favorites of the English aristocracy during the first half of the century, and selections by other great European composers who settled in London during the latter part of the century: J. C. Bach, Carl Friedrich Abel (the last great viola da gamba virtuoso), famed oboist Johann Christian Fischer, illustrious violinist Felice de Giardini, and lutenist/harpsichordist Rudolf Straube, a favorite student of J.S. Bach.
The concert will showcase the English guitar (popular in 18th century London but rarely heard today), with baroque flute, viola da gamba, and baroque lute. Repertoire will include Vivaldi’s famous D Major lute concerto, Handel’s Sonata in A minor (Hallenser Sonata #1), Che ciascun per te sospiri by J.C. Bach, Fantaisie for English guitar by Straube, solos for viola da gamba by Abel, Trio V in C major by Giardini, and Sonata IX by Fischer.
Ensemble Chaconne’s concert at St. Lawrence University is part of a tour that includes performances at New Jersey City University in Jersey City (September 28 at 1:00 pm), King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, PA (September 28 at 7:30 pm), Onondaga Community College in Syracuse (September 30, at 11:15 a.m.), Schenectady County Community College in Schenectady (September 30 at 7:30 pm), and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa (October 2, at 3:00 pm), where the group will feature music from Thomas Gainsborough’s Circle. The rest of their 2011-2012 season includes concerts in Ontario, New England, the Southeastern U.S., and Britain, where they will perform at the National Gallery in London.
Hailed for “vitality and character….style and verve,” (MusicWeb International), Ensemble Chaconne has toured widely at venues including Atlanta’s famed Spivey Hall, The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park Florida, Kenyon College, Washington University’s venerable Edison Theatre in St. Louis, Boston’s legendary Jordan Hall, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Indiana State University, and others. The ensemble was chosen for featured concerts at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Residency at Davidson College and the American Musicological Society’s National Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. World renowned museums including Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum have commissioned the group to perform themed concerts for major exhibitions. In 2009, Ensemble Chaconne was named to Early Music America’s Touring Roster, one of only 33 ensembles in North America to receive the honor.
Ensemble Chaconne records on the Americas Musicworks label. Their CD Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays features Renaissance instruments with guest vocalist Pamela Dellal. The disc is available at www.americasmusicworks.com and at cd.baby.com.
ENSEMBLE CHACONNE is managed exclusively by AMERICAS MUSICWORKS
Rebecca DeLamotte, managing director
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