CONCERTS @ 7 PM FRIDAY
AUGUST 30 - Alla Rossini
Famous across Europe, Rossini decided to retire at the age of 37. Having composed almost 40 operas, he changed his focus to his love food. Today there are hundreds of extravagant recipes, using luxury ingredients like foie gras and truffles, that are named all Rossini. Known both for melodrama and comedy, Alla Rossini will explore his music from Tancredi, William Tell, and La Gazza Laudra (The Thieving Magpie).
SEPTEMBER 13 - Les Plaisirs de l’Île Enchantée
Louis XIV threw the first, the best, the biggest party in the gardens of Versailles in 1664 for six-hundred guests. They enjoyed fire works, menageries of exotic animals, horse races and ballets, and elaborate banquettes as well new operas for eight days and nights. Les Plaisirs de l’Île Enchantée will include music by Lully, Ballard, and Charpentier.
OCTOBER 25 - Der Vampyr: A Campy German Horror Opera
In 1828, Der Vampyr, a romantic opera in two acts was a hit in Leipzig. At the Witches Sabbath, Lord Ruthven is told by the Master Vampyr that he must sacrifice three virgin brides before the clock strikes twelve the next night. Madness and Death ensue. Selections from the Der Vampyr will be performed from a period arrangements for the string quartet.
NOVEMBER 22 - Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign Airs
Scotch, English, and Irish Airs were so popular in the 18th and 19th centuries that composers from all over Europe tried to make them their own. Beethoven published song collections of “National Airs” in English. The Italian composer, Geminiani, who spent his most productive years living in London, published “A Treatise of Good Taste in the Art of Musick” with the intention of giving a new harmony to traditional melodies, which already gave the listener “the highest degree of pleasure”. The genre even made it to the early United States including a collection of airs and dances from the New York area.
DECEMBER 27 - A Charpentier Christmas
Marc-Antoine Charpentier wrote music that made instruments sound as beautiful as human voices. He studied with the best teachers in Italy and was a master of all forms of song, creating music that was truly French. His luscious, sweet noëls are the centerpiece of A Charpentier Christmas, which explore french carols and dances.
Fridays @ 7PM