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America's premier Bach ensemble

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

with

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


Tickets are only $11, available from the Fringe Festival.
Online: rochesterfringe.com (no extra booking fees)
Phone: 585-317-5017 (fees apply)
or at the door one hour before the show

 


A German Baroque Christmas
Cantatas and instrumental music for Advent and Christmas, with sing-along chorales!
Friday December 12, 2014, at 7:00 pm
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church

Publick Musick at the MAG!
Italian baroque solo cantatas and chamber music, performed with the Italian Baroque Organ in the Fountain Court of the Memorial Art Gallery.
Thursday March 19, 2015, at 7:30 pm

 

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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.

 

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Publick Musick
276 Mount Vernon Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620

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All venues are handicapped-accessible.

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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Previous concerts:

 

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,
harpsichord

 

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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