October 13, 2019 – Art of Improvisation – 3 pm
Featuring Roseen Giles, baroque flute, in a program of music devoted to the art of ornamentation. Corelli’s florid writing for Sonata Op. 5 no. 1 shows a highly elaborate version written above the simple melody. Telemann’s Methodical Sonatas provide both simple and complex examples to guide musicians in creating their own inspired improvisations. The unmeasured preludes and figured bass sonatas of the harpsichord repertoire offer further ideas. Roseen is joined by baroque cellist Stephanie Vial, violinist Andrew Bonner, harpsichordist Beverly Biggs, and soprano Florence Peacock.
January 12, 2020 – The Enamored Butterfly – 3 pm
Soprano Elizabeth Joyner is featured in music by Handel and Vivaldi that deals with the darts and arrows of love, sweet refuge for the heart, and fury for love unrequited. Our program includes Handel’s poignant Lascia ch’io pianga and his fiery Da Tempeste. William Simms, theorbo, joins Beverly Biggs, harpsichord, in creating a rich and varied continuo, supported by baroque cellist Barbara Krumdieck. The program includes a Handel Suite for harpsichord and theorbo.
March 8, 2020 – Zephyr – 3 pm
Zephyr is a versatile ensemble featuring baroque-era wind and string instruments with harpsichord. The ensemble focuses on the rich repertoire of baroque music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This program, All in the Family, highlights music of J.S. Bach and Georg Philipp Telemann, who were not only professional colleagues but also close personal friends. William Thauer, baroque oboe & recorder; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba and treble viol; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.