October 14, 2018 – Couperin @ 350 – 3 pm
Sarah Darling, baroque violist and violinist from Boston, is praised for her ‘spacious musical gesture’ – her remarkable ability to make time stand still. She is our featured guest in this concert celebrating the 350thanniversary of the birth of esteemed French composer François Couperin, a program that includes his monumental La Francoisefrom Les Nations.Sarah Darling is joined by her Boston colleague, baroque flutist Sarah Paysnick; viola da gambist Gail Ann Schroeder; and harpsichordist Beverly Biggs.
January 13, 2019 – Fiery & Wild – 3 pm
“Fiery, wild, and dangerous” – thus did one reviewer comment on the skills of baroque soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh, a rising star in early baroque music. Margaret is joined in this concert by William Simms, theorbo; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord. The concert also features beloved soprano Florence Peacock. The riveting musical repertoire includes works by Barbara Strozzi, Virgilio Mazzocchi, and Claudio Monteverdi.
March 10, 2019 – Dresden’s Golden Age – 3 pm
Dresden enjoyed an unparalleled musical life in the early and mid-eighteenth century, rivaling the cultural might of Louis XIV of France. Music was written for and performed by the finest players in Europe. From Dresden’s musical archives comes a program of music arranged for two harpsichords, intended to be played by the king and his court composer. This program features two ‘quartets’ by Pleyel and one by Haydn, performed by the illustrious harpsichord duo, Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs.