Baroque & Beyond’s twelfth concert season opens with a tribute to François Couperin in honor of the 350th anniversary of his birth. With guest artist Sarah Darling, baroque violin/viola, from Boston. She is joined by a period-instrument ensemble of baroque flute, viola da gamba, and harpsichord (Beverly Biggs).
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“Fiery, wild & dangerous” – thus did one reviewer describe our guest soprano for this concert. Italy during the baroque era is highlighted in this Baroque & Beyond concert. Featuring guest artist Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano, a specialist in early-baroque performance style and literature. Music by Barbara Strozzi, Claudio Monteverdi, Vergilio Mazzocchi, and other composers. Also featuring beloved Chapel Hill soprano Florence Peacock; William Simms, theorbo; Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello; and Beverly Biggs, harpsichord.
Dresden enjoyed an astonishing musical life in the mid-eighteenth century. The patronage of successive monarchs ushered in a new age of music, painting, architecture, and technology in Dresden, rivaling the cultural and political might of Louis XIV of France. Chamber music in this city was written for and performed by the finest players in Europe. In the Dresden archives is a collection of musical works from the best composers in Europe, arranged for two harpsichords. These were performed en chambre by the king and his court composer.
Duo harpsichord team Beverly Biggs and Elaine Funaro will perform gems from this collection by Pleyel and Haydn. For further details, check back in mid-summer, 2018.