The first concert of the 2019-2020 Concert Season will feature violin sonatas, viola da gamba sonatas, and trio sonatas by French composers. Among the composers on the program is Jean-François Dandrieu, a composer and organist lauded by his contemporaries. After his death, his music fell into obscurity. Combining an Italianate compositional style with French flavor, Dandrieu’s Trio Sonata and Violin Sonata are sure to remind you of Corelli and Handel.
Many of the pieces selected for this program were likely heard in the apartments of Versailles and other noble houses throughout France. Musical engravers and printers in France were one of the most important sources for disseminating music throughout the country. The sources for many of the pieces on this program are their seventeenth- and eighteenth-century printings.
The concert will be presented using Baroque strings and continuo instruments. Program booklet coming soon.
Sometimes concerts can be stuffy and filled with too many “rules of conduct.” Clap here. Don’t clap here. Wear something nice. Stand there. Don’t stand there! Only cough here. For this concert we're loosening concert “etiquette.” Hosted at the Arlington Haus, this concert will feature music used for light entertainment in the seventeenth century.
A Bach harpsichord concerto, a Telemann flute sonata, and two secular cantatas: one, about the horrible effects of coffee on young people; the other, about love and betrayal. Please eat, drink, and enjoy a spectacular concert.
The concert will be presented using Baroque strings and continuo instruments. Texts will be sung in German and Italian with projected English translations projected. Program coming soon.
With no Netflix, video games, or television, seventeenth-century entertainment was much different than ours today. Operas, ballets, horse ballets (yes, seriously!), cards, and banquets were but a few entertainment options. Now considered great musical treasures, Handel’s Sinfonia in B-flat, his cantata Apollo e Dafne, and Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.1, were examples of entertainment for many common people. These selections will also feature baroque flute, baroque oboe, and baroque bassoon. The cantata will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.
Much of the Baroque music we think of as high art was used as background music or was regarded as “popular” music. Handel’s famous Water Music acted as iTunes for King George I’s summer trip down the River Thames in 1717. Even Telemann’s famous Tafelmusik entertained diners at his patron’s banquet.
The concert will be presented using Baroque oboes, Baroque bassoon, Baroque strings, and Baroque continuo instruments. Texts will be sung in Italian with projected English translations. Program book coming soon.
Our fourth concert will be the most intimate concert of the season: one instrument and one player. Performing in the Sibley County Courthouse Rotunda, our Music & Artistic Director will take the stage as soloist with a program of solo harpsichord music. The concert will feature music written by Johann Sebastian Bach and his circle of influencers, family, and students. Due to venue size, ticket availability for this concert will be limited to 28 patrons.
Program book coming soon.
Suggested Donation: $15 per person
Whether in times of celebration, times of war, or times of peace, the Te Deum had important liturgical and extra-liturgical functions within France and much of Europe. These ceremonies grew to great prominence during the reign of Louis XIV (1643-1715). This concert will be a musical exploration of French Te Deum ceremonies—one of the most important displays of the French Crown’s authority during the ancien régime. The concert will utilize music written by the prolific Marc-Antoine Charpentier, who lived and worked during the reign of Louis XIV.
Charpentier was employed as a singer and composer by the Marie de Lorraine, Duchesse de Guise, for 17 years. Although he was never an official court composer, Charpentier and his music were well-known by Louis XIV, the Dauphin, their courts, and the Parisian public. Eight singers and ten instrumentalists will perform the works.
The concert will be presented using Baroque recorders, Baroque strings, and Baroque continuo instruments. Texts will be sung in Latin with translations available in the program booklet. Program booklet coming soon.