Past concerts:

O Anima Mea

 

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 we will feature two of her trio sonatas in this program, as well as her beautiful and harmonically daring violin sonata, the first composed by a woman. You will hear both vocal fireworks and tender melodies in the works for soprano, performed by special guest artist Shari Alise Wilson, with the gorgeous Italian Baroque Organ in the beautiful and resonant Fountain Court of the Memorial Art Gallery.

Thursday January 19, 7:30 pm
Memorial Art Gallery Fountain Court
500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY

Shari Alise Wilson, soprano
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello

Deborah Fox, theorbo
Naomi Gregory, organ

 


Of Earth and Heaven

 Sunday November 13, 2016, 4:00 pm
Christ Church Rochester, 141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

In commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the birth of the great North German organist and composer Matthias Weckmann (ca. 1616 - 1674), we are happy to present this special program featuring soprano Laura Heimes, baritone Mischa Bouvier, and an ensemble of violins, viols, and organ.  The program will include Weckmann's searingly beautiful cantata "Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste," as well as music by  his teacher Heinrich Schütz (1615 - 1672), his friends Christoph Bernhard (1628 - 1692) and Franz Tunder (1614 - 1667), and others. 

"Wie liegt die Stadt so wüste" was composed in 1663, in response to a devastating outbreak of the plague that year which killed a significant portion of the population, especially in port cities such as Hamburg, where Weckmann was organist at the Jakobikirche. "How desolate lies the city" cries the soprano, urged by the composer to stand at a distance from the bass singer, to further underscore the loneliness and isolation felt by survivors. Then, as now, many turned to music to help express and process feelings of anguish and grief, and in this composition Weckmann created one of the seventeenth century's most beautifully expressive and moving  cantatas.

This powerful work will be balanced on our program by music that can convey a message of consolation, solace, hope, and faith in a better world to come.  Weckmann and his contemporaries have left us many wonderful compositions expressing  these sentiments as well. 

Weckmann was an outstanding organist, and this program will include some of his organ works performed on the glorious Craighead-Saunders organ, a close copy of a German Baroque organ, and the only such instrument outside of Europe. Also on the program will be music for strings by Weckmann and others.

It is a rare treat for us to be able to perform this beautiful and deeply moving music in the glorious sanctuary of Christ Church Rochester, and we are so grateful to be able to share it with you! 

To read the program notes, click here.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Mischa Bouvier, baritone
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Christel Thielmann, viola da gamba
Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Cora Swenson Lee, viola da gamba
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Naomi Gregory, organ
Edoardo Bellotti, organ


Virtuoso trumpet!

Saturday March 19, 2016, at 3:30 pm
Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music, 433 E. Main St.
Free admission
Part of the 2016 Eastman Trumpet Festival

Sunday March 20, at 3:00 pm
Norton Chapel, Keuka College

411 Lake Ave., Keuka Park, NY
Free admission

Brian Shaw, baroque trumpet
Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Daniel Elyar, baroque viola
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Naomi Gregory, harpsichord

This concert will feature baroque trumpet luminary Brian Shaw and the Publick Musick strings in a program of music from the golden age of the natural (valveless) trumpet. The trumpet has a very long history of ceremonial and military use, but in the 1600s performers on the instrument developed a new, more refined and vocal style of playing which was suitable for use indoors with other instruments. This led to an extensive repertory of very virtuosic trumpet music from the 17th and 18th centuries, and our program will present works ranging from the chamber music of the high Baroque to the virtuoso concerto of the late Baroque. The concert will also include delightful music for strings by Biber and Telemann.


Adventurous Italians!

Thursday Feb. 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm

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 in North America. The program will focus on Italian music for strings and organ from the 1600s, a time of great musical innovation that saw the birth of the ensemble sonata as one facet of the new musical style that we now call the baroque. This era also saw the development in Italy of music written specifically and idiomatically for the instruments of the violin family (at the same time as those instruments themselves were being crafted in Northern Italy by some of the finest makers in history). Violin virtuosi were exploring new techniques of expression on their instruments, spreading their ideas through travel (which was itself an adventure) and through the publication of their music. The works of two acclaimed violin virtuosos of this era, Biagio Marini and Giovanni Battista Fontana, are featured on our program, as well as those of other composers who were at the forefront of formal innovation and harmonic expression, such as Dario Castello and Giovanni Paolo Cima.
The Italian Baroque Organ will itself be featured in soli performed by eminent ESM Professor Edoardo Bellotti.

Boel Gidholm, baroque violin
Mary Riccardi, baroque violin
Molly Werts McDonald, baroque violin
Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello
Naomi Gregory and Edoardo Bellotti, organ
Deborah Fox, theorbo

On the series "Third Thursday Concerts with Eastman's Italian Baroque Organ" at the Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Avenue, Rochester, NY. These concerts are free with admission to the MAG, which is half-price starting at 5:00 pm on Thursdays, and free to MAG members and to University of Rochester students with valid ID.


Boccherini Favorites!

Sunday Nov. 1, 2015, at 4:00 pm
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

Cynthia Roberts and Boel Gidholm, violins
Daniel Elyar, viola
Christopher Haritatos and Beiliang Zhu, violoncellos

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. 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 (especially for the cellists!), and we are thrilled to have some of the country's foremost baroque string players to perform them! This program will feature three 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 Celebrated Minuet" in its original form.

Program:
Quintet in D Major, G. 341
Sonata in C Major, G. 17
Quintet in A Mjor, G. 340
Quintet in E Major, G. 275
 

More Boccherini!

One more chance to hear this wonderful music:
Monday Nov. 2 at 5:00 pm
Allen Chapel in the Schmitt Interfaith Center, at the Rochester Institute of Technology
This event is free and open to the public. Free parking--check in at parking booth. Click here to see an interactive campus map.

If you missed Sunday's performance (or even if you didn't but you can't get enough Boccherini!) you can still hear much of the program in this informal, educational presentation on Boccherini and his music, followed by a brief question-and-answer session.


Summer Nights with Bach!

Cantatas!

Wednesday Aug. 12, 2015
7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm
Christ Church
141 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
 

                       Laura Heimes, soprano

                       Laura Heimes, soprano

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, harpsichord

 

Admission
Patron: $50 (includes $30 tax-deductible donation)
General: $20
Student/Low Income: $10

Special offer: both concerts for $30!             


Concertos!

Saturday Aug. 15, 2015
7:30 pm
Pre-concert talk at 6:45 pm
Incarnate Word Lutheran Church
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY

                           Geoffrey Burgess, oboe

                           Geoffrey Burgess, oboe

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

Admission
Patron: $50 (includes $30 tax-deductible donation)
General: $20
Student/Low Income: $10

Special offer: both concerts for $30!