Viola da Gamba Concert Calendar for Greater New York City
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 1:15 pm
Sonnambula: Splendors of the Spanish Renaissance
St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
Park Avenue at East 50th Street, NYC
Our musical selections for this concert will reflect how both vocal and instrumental music would flourish in Spain at the dawn of the Renaissance period. Under Habsburg rule in the 16th century, Spain reached the pinnacle of its influence and power, and both King Charles V and King Philip II had long reigns that would give rise to a flowering of native Spanish culture. The music composed during this time—and the musicians hired to play it—was of an exceptionally high quality and would help elevate Spain out of anonymity and into what we now call the Siglo de Oro, or Spanish Golden Age. Our program will feature intimate Canciones (popular tunes with poetic texts), joyful Villancicos (songs with rustic themes), and virtuosic instrumental pieces, drawn from over 450 works in the Cancionero Musical de Palacio, a manuscript found at the Royal Palace of Madrid and which exemplifies Golden Age Spanish music at its best.
Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 8 pm
Parthenia: A Hapsburg Songbook
The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (at Grove Street), Manhattan
A century of music for connoisseurs from the time of the Habsburg Empire Parthenia with guests Ryland Angel, tenor and countertenor, and Charles Weaver, lute. This concert is part of the New York Early Music Celebration 2015: El Nuevo Mundo, a Service Project of the Early Music Foundation. The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields 487 Hudson Street (at Grove Street), Manhattan. Tickets: $40 / $25 Call 212-866-0468
Friday, October 23, 2015, 8:00 pm
LeStrange Viols: The Strange Fantasies of William Cranford
Corpus Christi Church
529 West 121st Street, New York
LeStrange Viols makes its New York City debut in a program featuring works from their new recording of the consort music of William Cranford. The mysterious Cranford, a contemporary of the metaphysical and cavalier poets, composed music whose mercurial affects range from deep pathos, through witty, playful moods, to sheer rapture. Tickets available at the door, $30, $10 students & seniors.
November 5, 2015, 1:15 pm
Arnie Tanimoto & Friends: The Angel and the Devil
The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church
325 Park Avenue at East 50th Street, NYC
Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba, Doug Balliett, viola da gamba, and Patrick Jones, harpsichord. Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray were two of France’s greatest virtuosos of the viola da gamba. Their respective nicknames, “the angel” and “the devil” characterized their musical temperaments and playing styles, which have been imbued into their compositions. This program will showcase the greatest gamba rivalry of the Ancien Régime.