February 10–13 2017
Rameau: Suite from Dardanus
Corrette: Laudate Dominum de coelis (Vivaldi’s “Spring”)
Rebel: Les caractères de la danse
Mondonville: In Exitu Israel
Marais: Suite from Sémélé
When Jean-Baptiste Lully’s monopoly on music in France ended at the end of the 17th century, an explosion of musical creativity erupted in Paris from a new generation of composers including Marais, Rebel, Corrette, Mondonville, and the great master of the age, Jean-Philippe Rameau. Featuring a selection of enchanting works for the Opéra, Ballet, and Chapelle, Thomas and ABS explore the vibrant Parisian spirit of invention, including its incorporation of new, cosmopolitan influences from abroad. The Italian style, especially, is evident in these works, as evidenced by Corrette’s Laudate Dominum, which includes an interpolation of Vivaldi’s “Spring” from The Four Seasons arranged for choir, vocal soloists, and orchestra.
Friday February 10 2017 8:00 pm
St. Stephen’s Church, Belvedere
Saturday February 11 2017 8:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley [temporary venue for 2017]
Sunday February 12 2017 4:00 pm
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, San Francisco
Monday February 13 2017 7:00 pm
Davis Community Church, Davis
Pre-concert “Insights” begin one hour prior to each performance.
“Richardson possesses an unusually beautiful voice – sparkling and clear, full-bodied throughout its range, with a hint of darkness that adds an extra note of complexity.”
Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Superb, dramatically astute…the tenor Steven Brennfleck is a standout”
The New York Times
“Sharp, a superbly communicative vocal artist, reached deeply into the heart of the texts as he sculpted the melodic lines.”
One hour prior to our performances in February through May 2017, enjoy a free and informative lecture given by musicologist and conductor Victor Gavenda, an accomplished scholar who will share his insights about the music, the composers, and the experience of hearing great music from the Baroque era performed to the highest standards.
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