Arias and Chamber Music for Lent
Sunday March 23, 2014, at 4:00 pm
The Lenten and Easter story of death and resurrection has provided inspiration for many composers through the centuries. In this program we will present highlights from this repertoire: music of grief and remorse, but also of hope, faith, and great beauty. The program will consist of arias by Bach, Handel and Telemann, including Geduld from Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and rarely-heard gems from settings of the Brockes-Passion by Handel and Telemann. These composers were masters of the vivid and pictorial depiction of words through music, as well as of expressing the emotional content of the text. Also on the program are two of Biber's Mystery Sonatas for scordatura violin (the Agony in the Garden and the Crucifixion), which similarly use descriptive and pictorial tone-painting.
This concert season is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester.
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Baroque Trumpet Splendor!
We are so excited about or next concert coming up on Thursday February 20, 2014, at 7:30 pm, when we will again perform with the magnificent Italian Baroque Organ in the Fountain Court of the Memorial Art Gallery, featuring baroque trumpet virtuoso Brian Shaw and the Publick Musick strings. This concert will be offered free with gallery admission (and admission is half-price Thursday evenings). Come early and enjoy Tapas with MAX at the gallery before the concert!
Brian Shaw, baroque trumpet
This concert will be centered on music from Bologna, whose magnificent San Petronio Basilica was a major European center of musical innovation in the late 1600s. It could be argued that the concerto was born there, and certainly composers such as Torelli and Gabrielli were very important in the early development of the trumpet and cello as solo instruments. This program will also explore the early history of the trumpet as a concert instrument, starting with some of the first works published for trumpet and organ in 1638, and ending with a tantalizing taste of the virtuosic heights to which German composers of the mid-1700s took the trumpet concerto.
Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Publick Musick is very excited to bring fortepianist Mike Lee back to Rochester after his successful debut with the RPO in the summer of 2011. Lee's performances have been described as “portraying integrity, purity, complexity and truth… with balance and control that [are] breathtaking.”
In this program, Lee joins Publick Musick's Artistic Directors Boel Gidholm and Christopher Haritatos in a period-instrument performance of works of Beethoven and Mozart that features the fortepiano, the early form of the piano that Mozart and the young Beethoven knew, loved, performed on, and wrote some of their finest music for. The program includes Mozart's K. 379 Sonata, which expresses an unusually wide range of moods, from serene to stormy. Mozart and Beethoven are connected by the set of delightful and virtuosic variations for piano and cello that the latter wrote on a theme from the former's beloved opera The Magic Flute. The program concludes with Beethoven's youthfully exuberant and playful G Major trio from his Op. 1, published when he was just 24 years old.
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A German Baroque Easter
Saturday April 6, 2013, at 7:00 pm
Sunday April 7, at 7:00 pm
The Easter story of death and resurrection has inspired some of the greatest music ever written, providing solace and hope even in the most troubled times. Germany in the 1600s was ravaged by war and plague, but the beauty of the music from this era lifts our spirits to this day. Join us as we celebrate the Easter season with glorious music for voices and strings by Pachelbel, Schütz, Bruhns, and Buxtehude, a Biber Mystery Sonata and more--and we'll invite you to sing along in some chorales! The program will include a rare performance of Christ ist Erstanden for soprano, scordatura violin and basso continuo, attributed to Johann Pachelbel.
Joining Publick Musick for the first time will be Boston-based soprano Shari Wilson, who performs nationwide as an early music specialist.
Sunday Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Featuring the Italian Baroque Organ in a program
Mozart String Quintets K. 516 and K. 593
Every time I feel the spirit:
Special Guest Countertenor Reginald Mobley sings Music of Black Composers
Over two centuries of music by Black composers from England, Brazil, France, and the United States will fill the air as countertenor Reginald Mobley and pianist/harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky present Every Time I Feel the Spirit.
A native of Florida, Reginald Mobley has been heard across the country as a soloist with Miami’s Grammy® award-nominated Seraphic Fire, The Oregon Bach Festival, The San Antonio Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Apollo’s Fire.
The program features music by African Americans Florence Price and Harry T. Burleigh as well as William Grant Still’s breathtaking Songs of Separation. Mobley will also perform songs by Ignatius Sancho (born on a slave ship in 1729), who became a successful businessman, man of letters, and the first African to vote in a British parliamentary election; and a motet and Portuguese modiñhas by early 19th-century Brazilian composer Fr. José Mauricio Nuñes Garcia. The concert will end with a set of rousing spirituals.
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