Complete 2013/2014 Season


THE NEW MUSIC:  Glorious, Impassioned, Outrageous!

“. . . such a convincing presentation of ‘old music as new music’. . . terrific” —Early Music (Oxford)


OCTOBER 11/12/13, 2013


Josh Lee, viola da gamba; John Lenti, lute; David Walker, baroque guitar

1L_ostrakabay_72LEAVING PARNASSUS The rise and fall of the outrageous and refined French baroque style and its struggle against the fashionable forces of italianisme as traced through the works of Lully, de Visée, Hervelois, Boismortier and Forqueray. A tour de force of virtuosic solo and ensemble music for bass viola da gamba, theorbo, and baroque guitar.

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NOVEMBER 1/2/3, 2013

Archetti Baroque String Ensemble, Carla Moore & John Dornenburg, Co-Directors

Carla Moore, Jolie von Einem, David Wilson & Alicia Yang, violin; Anthony Martin, viola; Elisabeth Reed, cello; John Dornenburg, violone; and Davitt Moroney, harpsichord

2L_archetti_instruments_72THE ITALIAN CONCERTO IN 18TH-CENTURY ENGLAND The impassioned international concert scene of 18th-century London comes to life through the brilliant concerti grossi of Corelli, Handel, Hellendaal, Avison, and Geminiani. Renowned organist Davitt Moroney is featured in one of Handel’s pioneering concertos.

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DECEMBER 20/21/22, 2013

Magnificat, Warren Stewart, Director

Clara Rottsolk, Jennifer Paulio, Andrew Rader, Clifton Massey, Dan Hutchings, Christopher Le Cluyse, Hugh Davies & Peter Becker, voices; with The Whole Noyse Renaissance Wind Band

3L_magnificat_12_11_72A VENETIAN CHRISTMAS MASS Magnificat joins forces with early wind ensemble The Whole Noyse to present a Venetian Christmas Mass featuring the brilliant polychoral music of Giovanni Gabrieli juxtaposed with the concertato music of Claudio Monteverdi. Organist at the Basilica of San Marco for three decades, Gabrieli formed a link from Lassus and the High Renaissance to the music of the early Baroque. A year after his death in 1612, Monteverdi arrived to assume the role of maestro di cappella at St. Mark’s and the music he would write in Venice had an profound impact on musical style that still resonates today.


JANUARY 31/FEBRURY 1/ 2, 2014

Galax Quartet with Contralto Karen Clark

David Wilson & Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin; David Morris, ‘cello; Roy Whelden, viola da gamba; with Karen Clark, contralto

gq98_kc_72CHROMATIC CLUSTERS Avant-garde from the 16th century and early music from today. Sinuous motets and madrigals by Lassus and Gesualdo pair with music written for Galax by Joseph Schwantner and Roy Whelden, co-commissioned by Galax and SFEMS.


FEBRUARY 28/MARCH 1/ 2, 2014

Quicksilver, Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, Directors

Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, violin; Greg Ingles, trombone; David Morris, viola da gamba & cello; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; Avi Stein, harpsichord & organ; Charles Weaver, theorbo & baroque guitar

quicksilverbehindthescenes_72THE EARLY MODERNS: 17TH-CENTURY ITALY AND GERMANY The sonata was a revolutionary gift: a pure instrumental work with no agenda but the imagination of the composer and the passionate interplay of conversation. Virtuosic, experimental, unexpected, and deeply moving, the “new” music of Castello, Fontana, Merula, and Weckmann is closest we come to wordless rhetoric.

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MARCH 14/15/16, 2014

Farallon Recorder Quartet

Annette Bauer, Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker & Louise Carslake, recorders; with Jennifer Paulino, soprano; and John Lenti, lute

farallon_1_1501AMARYLLIS—LOVE SONGS AND CONSORTS FROM THE COURTS AND COUNTRYSIDE OF RENAISSANCE EUROPE Farallon Quartet with guest artists Paulino and Lenti perform haunting love songs by Dowland, Vásquez, and Arcadelt, lively pastoral tales, and virtuoso divisions by Ortiz and Cabezón. Farallon’s warm, rich sound evokes images of a caramel fountain or honey turned into wood



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