Sunday, Sept 13, 2020, 3:30 pm

Providence Baroque
Chamber Orchestra

with Katherine Winterstein, violin,
and Christopher Lowrey, alto

Vivaldi: Summer & Fall
(from the Four Seasons)

Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6 nr. 6

Handel: A Bouquet of Opera Arias

 

The first of our Fall Festival concerts features music by two of the greatest 18th-century composers - Vivaldi and Handel. The Four Seasons needs no introduction, but in our own time Vivaldi’s operas have begun to be revived, and the brilliance of his vocal writing may surprise you. Handel’s 12 Concerti grossi were published in 1740, and feature a pair of violin soloists, pitted against a larger orchestra. The concerto number 6 shows Handel at his most dramatic and charming.

 

“Lowrey has one of the purest, most evenly beautiful countertenor timbres I have ever heard.”—Opera News

Katharine Winterstein’s playing is  “as exciting as it is beautiful” and “memorably demonic.”
­­—Boston Globe

 

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Sunday, Sept 27, 2020, 3:30 pm

Music for Trumpet
and Soprano

 

Elise Groves, soprano

Greg Gettel, trumpet

Daniel Rowe, cello

Frederick Jodry, organ

 

Handel and Scarlatti:

Arias for Trumpet and Soprano

 

Bach: Meinem Hirten bleib ich treu

 

Neruda: Trumpet Concerto in
E-flat major

 

The Baroque era delighted in contrasts of timbre, and creating excitement through dialogue and duets. One of the more brilliant combinations is pieces for soprano and trumpet - where competition and conversation both come into play. Handel and Bach wrote for such a combination, but the 600 Italian Cantatas of Alessandro Scarlatti (Uncle to the more famous Domenico of harpsichord fame) contain delightful arias for soprano, trumpet and continuo.

 

Elise Groves has been praised for her “Clarion tone” and “transcendent and soulful singing.”

 —Boston Musical Intelligencer

 

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Sunday, Oct 4, 2020, 3:30 pm

Haydn Piano Trios

Jesse Holstein, violin
Miguel Vasquez, cello
Michael Bahmann, fortepiano

Hadyn Piano Trios: in E flat major 
E minor,

Mozart: Violin Sonata in F

Haydn was incredibly prolific, writing 104 symphonies, as well as 45 trios for piano, violin and cello. The later trios in particular are described as brilliantly virtuosic, exploiting the full idiomatic range of the instrument.  This program unites three local all-star performers.

 

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