CHIAR’OSCURO

Musica Pacifica

Friday, April 11, 2003, 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church 
5300 Main at Bissonnet

Musica Pacifica website: http://www.musicapacifica.org/

 

Ticket Reservations & Information Line: 713.432.1744

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Renowned vocalist and cornettist Michael Collver joins Bay Area favorite Musica Pacifica in exploring the astonishing range of passions in the music and poetry of 17th century Italy.

Early Conversations Lecture SeriesThe Splendor of the Serenissima, Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron, Museum of Fine Arts Houston > 7:00 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

 

See also FREE FAMILY CONCERT

 

 

MUSICA PACIFICA

 

Judith Linsenberg, recorder

Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin

David Morris, ‘cello

Charles Sherman, harpsichord and organ

with guest artist, Michael Collver, countertenor and cornetto

 

CHIRAR’OSCURO

 

Houston Early Music is pleased to present Musica Pacifica in a concert of seventeenth-century Italian instrumental and solo vocal music. Led by artistic directors Judith Linsenberg and Elizabeth Blumenstock, Musica Pacifica has been performing, touring, and recording since 1990.  Mining a rich vein of baroque literature for mixed wind/string ensemble, the group performs the spirited chamber concerti of Vivaldi and Telemann, colorful dance suites from the courts and opera houses of France, and the more intimate solo, duo, and trio sonatas from European countries as diverse as Scotland, Poland, Spain, and England.  Musica Pacifica has been described by the press as "some of the finest baroque musicians in America" (American Record Guide) and "among the best in the world" (Alte Musik Aktuell).  At home in the San Francisco Bay area, the artists are members of Philharmonia Baroque, and they appear with many other prominent early music ensembles nationally and abroad. 

 

Guest artist, Michael Collver is a founding member of Project Ars Nova with whom he has concertized extensively. He has performed as soloist with Ensemble Sequentia, Empire Brass Quintet, Tafelmusik, Boston Baroque and the Boston Camerata. Among his performances as an oratorio soloist are appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Roger Wagner Choral. Mr. Collver is on the faculty at the Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA and has taught cornetto and early vocal techniques at summer courses in Europe and the U.S.

 

Prior to the concert, at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Edgar Peters Bowron, The Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston will present a lecture entitled The Splendor of the Serenissima.

Tickets are $25 general admission, $20 for seniors and students, and may be purchased at the door or by calling 713.432.1744. There will be no charge for children 12 years and under.

 

This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and Harris County

through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County.

 

 

PROGRAM


Sonata XXI +á 3, from Canzoni e sonate - Venice, 1615 Giovanni Gabrieli (c.1555-1612) 
(
recorder, cornetto, violin, continuo)

 

"Et e pur dunque vero"  Claudio Monteverdi (1585-1643)

(voice, recorder continuo)
Sonata II from Sonata concertate in stile moderno Dario Castello (fl. early 17th c.)
Libro II - Venice, 1629
(recorder and continuo)


Pianto della madonna sopra il lamento d'Arianna Monteverdi
from Selva morale - Venice, 1625
(voice and contnuo)
Sonata "La Sfondrata" from Il primo libro do conzone francese Niccoḷ Corradini (d. 1646)
Venice, 1624
(violin and continuo)

 

Canzona detta la Lanciona Girolamo Frescobaldi (1585-1643)
(cornetto violin, continuo)
Sonata a 3  No.1 in D minor  Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)
(recorder, violin, continuo)

 

INTERMISSION


Toccata Ottava, from Toccate e partite, Libro primo - Rome, 1615 Frescobaldi
(harpsichord solo)

Piangono al pianger mio (voice, continuo, violin, recorder) Sigismondo d'India (1582-1628)
O del cielo d’Amor 
(voice and continuo)
Su su destati 
(voice and continuo)  

from Madrigali, & Arie….Libro Quinto - Venice, 1615
and Il Primmo libro a cantar solo - Milano, 1609


La Strada Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665)
from Canzoni overo sonate concertate, Libro III

Venice, 1637 (recorder, violin, continuo)


O Primavera
(voice, violin, continuo) Paolo Quagliati (1555-1628)

O belleza gentile (voice, recorder, continuo)

from La Sfera Armoniosa,, Rome, 1623

 


La Cattarina Merula
from Canzoni overo sonate concertate, Libro III - Venice, 1637
(recorder, violin, continuo)

   
Sonata 16 a 3 Giovanni Battista Fontana (d. 1630?)
from Sonate a 1. 2. 3. per il violino, o cornetto,

fagotto, chitarone, violoncino o simile

altro instrumente - Venice, 1641 
(recorder, cornetto, violin, continuo)

 

 


This concert is made possible in part by a grant from the City of Houston and Harris County through the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County


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