October 8, 2017 – Mozart & Haydn – 3 pm
A perfect fortepiano for Mozart! The season opens with the sparkling music of Mozart and Haydn, played on a 1784 Stein replica fortepiano — an instrument rich in clarity and dynamism, one that Mozart loved. John O’Brien is featured, with violinist Leah Peroutka and cellist Stephanie Vial. The program includes Mozart’s Piano Trio (K.496) and a violin sonata (K. 305), along with Haydn’s A-major Piano Trio and a sonata for cello by Anton Kraft, Haydn’s cellist.
January 14, 2018 – Wachet Auf – 3 pm
Baritone Steven Kimbrough is featured in arias from Bach’s famous cantata Wachet Auf and in songs from a 1736 Bach collection. Kimbrough was a leading baritone of the Bonn Opera in Germany, has concertized all over the world and is featured on numerous recordings. He is joined by soprano Florence Peacock and a small baroque instrumental ensemble.
March 11, 2018 – Versailles – 3 pm
Jennifer Streeter, recorder, is featured, along with baroque violinist Gesa Kordes; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. The program highlights works of the French baroque with music by François Couperin and his contemporaries. Couperin, called Le Grand, wrote masterful music evoking the sensibilities of the French court. His music includes bird songs, lullabies, and rousing dance rhythms.