Viola da Gamba Concert Calendar for Greater New York City
Thursday, May 19, 2016, at 8:00 pm
Abendmusik: William White and His Contemporaries
Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street (just south of Christopher Street), New York City
Please join Abendmusik for The Consorts of William White and his Contemporaries. Performers are Judson Griffin, baroque violin; Małgorzata Ziemnicka, baroque violin; Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba; Carlene Stober, viola da gamba; Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba, with guest Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba
Tickets available at the door: $20.00 general admission, $10:00 students/seniors.
Thursday, May 19 at 8 pm
Friday, May 20 at 8 pm
Saturday, May 21 at 8 pm
Sunday, May 22 at 4 pm
Café d'ARTEK: Melancholia-Follia Tasso: His Life in Poetry and Music
St. Michael’s Church
The Hall, Amsterdam Avenue & W. 99th Street, New York City
ARTEK’s most recent project is a madrigal-based theater piece for the ensemble based on Renaissance poet Torquato Tasso. Though lauded as one of the great Italian poets of the 16th century, Tasso’s struggles with mental illness left him imprisoned for a long period of his life. Collaborators Lawrence Rosenwald, Drew Minter, Barbara Hanning, and Gwendolyn Toth have created a semi-staged production in St. Michael's intimate Hall with its warm, clear acoustic. ARTEK’s production will depict actors in fictional scenes from the life of Tasso; musical settings from his Rime, Gerusalemme Liberata, and pastoral play Aminta; and commentary on Tasso from other noted historical figures. Musical setttings to be performed include madrigal masterpieces by Sigismondo D'India, Giaches de Wert, Luca Marenzio, and the great Claudio Monteverdi as well as the rarely-heard Dialogue of Sofronia e Olinda by Francesco Fiamengo. Other musical sections include an amazing Neapolitan mad scene by Pietro Antonio Giramo and lovely 16th-century instrumental intabulations of Renaissance tunes. During intermission, the audience will also be entertained by two wandering Commedia dell’ Arte performers.
The performance will take place in a cabaret setting, with the audience seated at café tables.
TICKETS: $50 ($30 for students and seniors). For tickets call 212-866-0468 Complimentary refreshments will be served
Friday, June 3, 2016, 6:00 pm
Sonnambula: Music and Art from the Court of Charles I
The Frick Collection, Music Room
1 East 70th Street (Corner of Fifth Avenue), New York City
A concert on the occasion of the exhibition Van Dyck: Anatomy of Portraiture currently on view at the Frick. English music spanned an extraordinary range of styles during the 1630s, when Anthony van Dyck served as court painter to Charles I. In this Salon Evening, we'll perform treasured works from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as an accompaniment to this special exhibition.
Tickets: $40.00, members $35:00
Friday, June 3, 8:00 pm
Empire Viols Plays Trios
Second Presbyterian Church
96th Street at Central Park West, New York City
A concert of music for viols and harpsichord. Baroque trio sonatas, beginning with JS Bach and his student, Johann Ludwig Krebs, a lovely work by English composer William Boyce, Vivaldi's G minor sonata from Opus 1, and a sonata by Christoph Willibald Gluck, composer of the well-known Orfeo ed Euridice. There's a Handel 'mash-up' called "Not a Sonata," music for harpsichord solo, and a duo for viols by Johann Schenck.
Suggested donation: $10