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America's premier Bach ensemble

Boccherini string quintets!

November 1, 4:00 pm

Pre-concert talk at 3:15 pm
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY


Boccherini The most celebrated cellist of his day, Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) was also a prolific and acclaimed composer, especially of chamber music. Born in Lucca, Italy, he spent some of his formative years in the creative cauldrons of Vienna and Paris, and a large part of his productive life in Spain, where he developed his own unique style of composition. All of his chamber works exhibit a very refined sense of instrumental color and texture, and two of the quintets on our program also show the influence of Spanish dances (the fandango and the follia). His compositions (especially those written for his own use) also demand great virtuosity, and we are thrilled to have some of the country's foremost baroque string players to perform them! This program will feature some of his string quintets, scored for 2 violins, 1 viola and 2 celli (an instrumentation possibly invented by Boccherini when writing for himself to perform with an existing string quartet), one of which includes "Boccherini's Famous Minuet" in its original form.

Cynthia Roberts, baroque violin
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Daniel Elyar, baroque viola
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Beiliang Zhu, baroque cello

Admission: $50 Patron (includes $30 tax-deductible donation)
                     $20 General
                     $15 with REMF pass*
                     $10 Student/Low Income
                     age 17 and under free

Click here to purchase tickets online. You can also buy tickets at the door (cash or check only at the door, please). Thank you for supporting Publick Musick!

*Rochester Early Music Festival (REMF) passes ($30) will be available for sale starting Oct. 5 at Parkleigh (215 Park Avenue) and online at <>. The pass will provide a $5 discount to our November 1 concert "Boccherini Favorites!" as well as to select concerts this fall with Pegasus Early Music, First Inversion, and Musica Spei. The pass will also admit the bearer to the Nov. 13 REMF Gala Concert at St. Anne Church, 1600 Mt. Hope Avenue, Rochester.


Past concerts:

Summer Nights with Bach!

August 12: Cantatas!

August 15: Concertos and more!


Wednesday August 12 at 7:30 pm

Bach Cantatas with the Craighead-Saunders organ

Christ Church Rochester
141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

In this first concert of two celebrating the music of J. S. Bach, we will perform three cantatas: the joyous soprano cantata Ich bin vergnügt mit meinem Glücke sung by Rochester native (and audience favorite) Laura Heimes, followed by the hauntingly beautiful Ich habe genug featuring renowned baritone Jesse Blumberg. The cantata Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen, written as a dialogue between the human soul and Jesus, will showcase both voices. All three cantatas make great use of the soulful and expressive qualities of the baroque oboe. This concert will take place in Christ Church Rochester in order to incorporate the magnificent sounds of the Craighead-Saunders organ, a close copy of a Bach-era instrument, and the only such instrument outside of Europe. Thus this concert will be a rare opportunity to hear Bach's sacred works performed with a full-size organ of this sort, alongside strings and oboes of the era.


Laura Heimes, soprano
Jesse Blumberg, baritone
Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Paul Miller, baroque viola
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Heather Miller Lardin, violone
James E. Bobb, organ


Also taking part in this concert will be you, our esteemed audience, singing along in the chorales. In case you would like to have a peek at the music beforehand, please see the pdfs below!




The "Bach" stained-glass window at
Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY


Saturday August 15 at 7:30 pm

Concertos and more!

Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

In this second concert of two celebrating the music of J. S. Bach, we will continue our exploration of the wide range of his oeuvre with a concert of instrumental works for oboe, strings, and harpsichord, featuring acclaimed baroque oboist Geoffrey Burgess and superlative harpsichordist James E. Bobb. Bach frequently reused, rewrote, or reorchestrated many of his compositions during his lifetime, and often it is clear that the versions that have survived are arrangements of compositions that have been lost. This has led scholars and performers to reconstruct the earlier versions that we know must have existed. This program will include the Rochester premiere of the newly reconstructed oboe version of the 2nd Orchestral Suite (usually performed with flute), as well as the oboe d'amore concerto BWV 1055, which was reconstructed from one of Bach's many harpsichord concertos. The program will also include the beloved f minor harpsichord concerto (this one actually performed on harpsichord!), as well as two Contrapuncti from The Art of the Fugue, performed by the Publick Musick strings

Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Paul Miller, baroque viola
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Heather Miller Lardin, violone
James E. Bobb, harpsichord


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The Bach Cantata concert is supported by a generous grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.


Publick Musick concerts are made possible by our generous donors, and by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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Past concerts:


Publick Musick at the MAG!


"Tota pulchra es, amica mea"

Italian baroque solo motets and chamber music by Alessandro Grandi, Tarquinio Merula, and others, performed with the Italian Baroque Organ in the beautiful Fountain Court.

Thursday March 19, 2015, at 5:30 pm and at 7:30 pm
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave


Shari Alise Wilson, soprano
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin

Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Naomi Gregory, organ
Edoardo Bellotti, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo

This concert is free with Gallery admission, which is half-price starting at 5:00 pm on Thursdays, and free to Gallery members and University of Rochester students. The Third Thursday Concerts are popular and have been standing-room only in the past. The Memorial Art Gallery and Eastman's Organ Department have generously agreed to allow an extra performance of this program. Seating is very limited in the Fountain Court, so we still advise you to arrive early to secure your spot, and enjoy the exhibits!

Publick Musick in rehearsal for the 2014 MAG concert


In this concert Publick Musick returns to the Memorial Art Gallery for a performance with one of Rochester's hidden treasures: the magnificent Italian Baroque Organ, the only one of its kind an North America. Featuring Boston-based soprano Shari Alise Wilson (member of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Conspirare), the program will focus on motets and instrumental chamber music of Northern Italy in the early 1600s, a time of great musical innovation in which composers such as Alessandro Grandi and Tarquinio Merula reached new heights of expressive intensity. Grandi is considered one of the most important composers of the time, possibly second only to Monteverdi. His lesser visibility in concert halls today may be partly due to the fact that his oeuvre is more focused on sacred music than on operas and madrigals, and that he died prematurely in the plague of 1630, which decimated the population of many Italian cities. Though composers of the time often used a more conservative musical language to set sacred texts, settings of the Song of Solomon, such as those by Grandi in our program, were often an exception in which we find an expressive freedom and harmonic daring that was otherwise generally only found in the secular works of the day. Merula was also a very creative and imaginative composer of great renown during his lifetime who, though now known mostly for his instrumental compositions, also was a very accomplished composer of vocal music.

The program will also feature instrumental chamber music of the early Baroque, including rhythmically intricate canzonas by Merula, and exuberant and virtuosic sonatas by composers such as Dario Castello.

We are very happy that internationally renowned organist and ESM professor Edoardo Bellotti will be able to take time out of his busy schedule to join us for some solo organ works on this program.


A German Baroque Christmas

Friday December 12, 2014, at 7:00 pm
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

Pre-concert talk at 6:15 pm

Estelí Gomez, soprano
Melanie Russell, soprano
Ashley Hibbard, alto
Pablo Bustos, tenor
Thatcher Lyman, tenor
Steven Hrycelak, bass
Boel Gidholm and Paul Miller, baroque violins
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Naomi Gregory, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo

In this program, we will step back into the 1600s and bring to Rochester audiences some of the finest works of the generations before Bach and Handel, performed by five solo voices and a small instrumental ensemble, all specialists in the field of early music. The program will include music from J. H. Schein's masterwork "Israels Brünnlein"; a rarely heard setting of the beloved chorale tune "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" by Thomas Selle; Buxtehude's joyful "In Dulci Jubilo"; the gorgeous "Rorate Coeli" by Schütz, and more! The audience will be invited to sing along in select chorales, in beautiful settings by J. H. Schein and J. Crüger.

This concert was supported by a generous grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation.

Publick Musick is supported, 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.



Publick Musick at the Fringe Festival

Friday September 19 at 8:00 pm

Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music

Bombay Baroque!

Vivaldi and Jaltarang:

A Cross-Cultural Collaboration


What happens when you bring an ancient Indian classical instrument together with instruments from 18th-century Europe, and play music of the Italian baroque? There's one way to find out! Come explore a new sound world with Kishan Pandya performing on the jaltarang along with Publick Musick's baroque violins, baroque cello and theorbo. The program will center on music of Vivaldi, including the well-known lute concerto performed on jaltarang, and the exciting Follia for strings!

Kishan Pandya, jaltarang


Publick Musick:
Boel Gidholm and Mary Riccardi, baroque violins
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Deborah Fox, theorbo and baroque guitar



Bach to Bach

Andrus Madsen, fortepiano
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello

Friday August 22, 2014, at 7:30 pm

St. Michael's Antiochian Orthodox Church
98 Genesee St., Geneva, NY

$15 general; $10 student; children under 18 free
$50 patron (includes a tax-deductible donation)
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm

Saturday August 23, at 8:00 pm

Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
433 E. Main St., Rochester, NY

$18 advance purchase/$20 at the door
$10 for students; children under 18 free
$50 patron (includes a tax-deductible donation)
Pre-concert talk at 7:15 pm

Cash or check only at the door, please. For advance purchase, please see below.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
drawing by Nicolaus Ephraim Bach ca. 1733

Publick Musick is delighted to bring Eastman graduate Andrus Madsen back to Rochester for a program celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, as well as looking ahead to his father Johann Sebastian's 330th birthday, coming up in 2015. Andrus will be performing on an early style of fortepiano similar to the ones C. P. E. Bach owned. On the program will be a selection of intimate chamber music for keyboard and strings by both Bachs, including a cello suite and a violin/continuo sonata by J. S. Bach, a sonata for fortepiano, violin and cello by C. P. E., and keyboard solos by both.

This performance will be a rare chance for Rochester area audiences to hear a fortepiano of this early type. Although from the outside indistinguishable from a harpsichord, it is a copy of a 1770s Stein fortepiano, which has been slightly modified for a sound similar to that of a late Silbermann fortepiano, the type in use at the Prussian court where C. P. E. Bach was employed, and the type his father J. S. Bach played and expressed his approval of when he visited the court in the late 1740s.

J. S. Bach's music is well known now, but in the mid 18th century Carl Philipp Emanuel was the famous Bach, who developed his own musical style combining the Baroque counterpoint he learned from his father, the galant early Classical idiom of his day, and a truly remarkable depth of personal expression that foreshadows the Romanticism of the 19th century.


Arias and Chamber Music for Lent

Sunday March 23, 2014, at 4:00 pm
Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY
Given as a part of the concert series
Westminster Presents

Pablo Bustos, tenor
Boel Gidholm,
baroque violin
Christopher Haritatos,
baroque cello
Naomi Gregory,


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.



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
Boel Gidholm and Mary Riccardi, baroque violins
Cynthia Black, baroque viola
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Edoardo Bellotti and Naomi Gregory, organ

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.

Fabulous Fortepiano!

Sunday May 5, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church in Pittsford
36 S. Main Street, Pittsford

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.”

BeethovenIn 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.




A German Baroque Easter

Saturday April 6, 2013, at 7:00 pm
Brick Presbyterian Church
6 Church Street, Perry, NY
Presented by the Arts Council for Wyoming County

Admission is free; reservations required.
Reservations can be made at 585-237-3517.

Sunday April 7, at 7:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Part of the Music at Incarnate Word series
Admission is free; donations accepted to benefit
Music at Incarnate Word.

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.

Shari Wilson, soprano
Katy Avery, mezzo-soprano
Pablo Bustos, tenor
Thomas Lehman, baritone
Boel Gidholm and Mary Riccardi, baroque violins
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Michael Unger, organ

Corelli Celebration

Sunday Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:30 pm
Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court
500 University Avenue
Part of the Third Sunday Concert series

Featuring the Italian Baroque Organ in a program
of chamber music by Arcangelo Corelli, one of the
most highly acclaimed, influential and most imitated composers of the high baroque era.

Boel Gidholm and Mary Riccardi, violins
Christopher Haritatos, cello
Michael Unger, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo
Anne Laver, organ


Mozart String Quintets K. 516 and K. 593
Written shortly before his untimely death, these
quintets are some of Mozart's greatest works for chamber ensemble.

Jennifer Roig-Francoli and Boel Gidholm, violins; Rachel Evans and Cynthia K. Black, violas; Christopher Haritatos, cello




Isabella Leonarda: 
Vespers of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1698

In this concert, Publick Musick brings to life vocal and instrumental music by the most prolific female composer of the 17th century, Isabella Leonarda, an Ursuline nun. Recognized as a master of the solo motet, Leonarda was also a superb composer of instrumental music, and this program will feature one of her trio sonatas as well as her beautiful and harmonically daring violin sonata, the first composed by a woman. Framing the program will be the Rochester premiere of movements for the Vespers service from her Op. 19. Published in 1698, near the end of her long life, they show her at the height of her compositional powers. Featuring solos by Rochester favorites Laura Heimes, soprano, Pablo Bustos, tenor, and Boel Gidholm, violin.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Katy Avery, alto
Pablo Bustos, tenor
Harris Ipock, bass
Boel Gidholm and Michael Albert, violin
Christopher Haritatos, cello
Henry Lebedinsky, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo


Every time I feel the spirit:
200 Years of Music by Black Composers

Art songs, sonatas, and spirituals from England, Brazil, France, and the United States.  Works by Sancho, Nuñes Garcia, Saint-Georges, Florence Price, and William Grant Still.

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.

Reginald Mobley, countertenor, and Henry Lebedinsky, harpsichord and piano.


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