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CHATHAM BAROQUE PITTSBURGH CONCERT SERIES

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons

Friday, Sep. 21, 2018, 7:30 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair
Saturday, Sep. 22, 2018, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland
Sunday, Sep. 23, 2018, 2:30 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

In their 28th season, Chatham Baroque at last presents Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons––one of the most globally popular and beloved works from the Baroque. Accompanied by the original poetry, these iconic works vividly paint diverse scenes of country life in all sorts of inclement weather with wondrous virtuosity and technical wizardry.

With guests: Cynthia Black, Alice Culin-Ellison (violins);  Kristen Linfante (viola);  J. Tracy Mortimore (double bass); and Justin Wallace (harpsichord)

 

The Art of the Trio

Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 7:30 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, 8:00 PM, East Liberty Presbyterian Church Chapel, East Liberty
Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, 2:30 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

The three artistic directors of Chatham Baroque have begun their second decade together as a trio. Each season, they celebrate their friendship and years of collaboration with a program showcasing the full range of musical expression and command of their respective instruments.

Andrew Fouts (violin); Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba); and Scott Pauley (archlute, theorbo, & baroque guitar)

 

Alegría: Christmas Music from Spain and the New World

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 7:30 PM, St. Nicholas Church, Millvale
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland
Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, 2:30 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

Chatham Baroque’s holiday program explores music of Baroque Spain and the New World. Nell Snaidas (soprano) and Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano) will charm and dazzle singing in their native Spanish, extolling the joys of the season as expressed through the unique music of Hispanic colonial times.

With guests: Nell Snaidas (soprano); Raquel Winnica Young (mezzo soprano); and Danny Mallon (percussion)

 

Cupid’s Harp

Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, 7:30 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair
Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland
Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, 2:30 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

Tenor Aaron Sheehan returns to Chatham Baroque’s stage along with baroque harpist Christa Patton for a love-filled program of music from Italy and England. Songs by Dowland, Purcell, and Monteverdi are sure to make you swoon. The unconventional combination of violin, gamba, harp, and theorbo give life to the rarely-heard Harp Consorts by William Hawes.

With guests Aaron Sheehan (tenor) and Christa Patton baroque harp)

 

From Battles to Ballets

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019, 7:30 PM, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Upper St. Clair
Saturday, Apr. 6, 2019, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland
Sunday, Apr. 7, 2019, 2:30 PM, Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University

In memory of Emily Norman Davidson.

This program of seventeenth-century music by Heinrich Biber, Phillip Jakob Rittler, and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer deploys a veritable army of musicians. A band of two baroque trumpets, nine strings, continuo, and percussion explores the exhilarating, programmatic music of armed conflict known as battalia, in contrast with the beauty and charm of baroque dance as portrayed in whimsical balletti.

 With guests: Shelby Lewis, Chris Carrillo (natural trumpets); Evan Few, Kristen Linfante, Paul Miller (violins & violas); Adam Pearl (harpsichord & organ); Danny Mallon (percussion); And featuring a battalion of additional string players for Biber’s epic Battalia à 10


RENASSAINCE & BAROQUE 50th CONCERT SERIES

 

The Rose Ensemble

Land of the Three Faiths: Voices of Ancient Mediterranean Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland

The Rose Ensemble’s “Land of Three Faiths” program explores with audiences the rich musical, cultural, and linguistic exchanges and collaborations that took place among people of different faith traditions in medieval Spain. The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program achieves a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, diverse vocal styles, and ancient traditions.

This engagement of The Rose Ensemble is made possible in part through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Outreach: Program for CAPA students; community choir building workshop/performance

 

Jaap ter Linden & David Breitman

Beethoven: The Music for Piano & Cello

Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland

An all-Beethoven program featuring fortepiano and cello. Jaap ter Linden, although famous as a baroque cellist, has always been a fervent Beethovenian. The concert will include two contrasting cello sonatas, a charming set of variations, and the late Bagatelles op. 126 for solo fortepiano.

Outreach: Fortepiano masterclass for young pianists

 

 Ayreheart

Centuries Collide

Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland

GRAMMY-nominated lutenist Ronn McFarlane founded Ayreheart in 2010 out of the desire to write new music for the lute—the most popular instrument of the Renaissance— and make it accessible to a wider audience. Joined by versatile musicians Willard Morris and Mattias Rucht, the original music of Ayreheart reflects elements of Celtic, Folk, Bluegrass, and Renaissance music.

Outreach: Ayreheart will be special guests at Chatham Baroque’s Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions for pre-schoolers and their grownups.

 

ACRONYM

From Venice to Vienna, March 23, 2018

Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019, 8:00 PM, Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside

Hailed by Early Music America as “groundbreaking, gutsy and fresh,” ACRONYM explores the cross-fertilization of 17th- century musical styles between the masters of Venice and Vienna, and the subsequent transmission of these ideas by German and Austrian composers throughout Europe. This program with 11 superb players includes favorites from ACRONYM’s first five recordings: works by Pruili, Valentini, Bertali, Capricornus, Pezel, and Rosenmuller. A not-to-be- missed first appearance on the R&B series.

Outreach: TBD

 

Quicksilver

Stile Moderno: New music from 17th-century Italy

Saturday, Apr. 28, 2019, 8:00 PM, Synod Hall, Oakland

Quicksilver’s Stile Moderno examines modern music as it was invented by virtuoso instrumental composers in 17th-century Italy. It is also an exploration of their new invention, the sonata: a pure instrumental work, with no agenda but the imagination of the composer. Led by co- directors and violin virtuosi Julie Andrijeski and Robert Mealy, this program of “new music” is virtuosic, experimental, unexpected, and deeply moving. Music by Castello, Fontana, Merula, Marini and more.

Outreach: TBD