Program Descriptions: (see below for program pdf's)
1607: The Grand Tour commemorates the 400th anniversary of the landing at Jamestowne, leading to the first permanent English settlement in the New World. This concert features music that a young English aristocrat enjoying a Grand Tour through Europe could have heard in or around 1607 in London, Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Turin, Rome, the German, Bohemian, and Czech lands, and the Netherlands.
Bach and Telemann features a concerto for recorder, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord by Telemann and sonatas for each of the individual instruments by Bach and Telemann.
Baroque Bouquet offers a selection of works from 17- and 18th-century Italy, Spain, France, Flanders, Germany, and England.
Birds of the Baroque is a concert of 17th and 18th-century music about birds and in imitation of birds. Cuckoos, nightingales, and larks are among the songbirds celebrated in this program. Works by Morley, Uccellini, Van Eyck, and Englishman William Williams' "Sonata in Imitation of Birds." A variation on this program is called The Birds & The B's: one half of the concert features bird-related music, and the other half features one sonata each by the Three B's of the Baroque: Bach, Biber, and Buxtehude.
Birth of the Baroque highlights music from the extraordinary opening decades of the seventeenth century, as Italian composers vied with each other for ever-greater brilliance and expression, using and creating new musical tools and languages. Works by Caccini, Castello, Cima, Frescobaldi, Gabrieli, Marini, Monteverdi, Rossi, Turini, and Uccellini.
Brilliant Baroque includes virtuosic music from 17th-century Italy for the group and also showcases pieces featuring each of our instruments individually. We round out the program with settings of popular songs and dances from all over 17th-c Europe. Music by Frescobaldi, Cima, Rossi, Ortiz, Castello, Bevin, Bassano, Holborne, and Turini.
Concertos & Chorales: first, a recorder chamber concerto by Vivaldi, a Geminiani virtuoso solo sonata for violin, and a Bach arrangement for solo harpsichord of a Vivaldi string concerto; on the second half, a series of settings (some sacred, some secular) of some of the best-loved chorale tunes of the 16th - 18th centuries, including music by Bach, Buxtehude, Charpentier, and others.
The Five Pillars of the Baroque features works by the five major composers of the High Baroque: Bach, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, and Couperin.
Les Gouts Reunis features music of the French Baroque by Rameau, Lully, Couperin, and Marais.
Handel explores his chamber and keyboard music. This program premiered in Colonial Williamsburg's Handel Festival in 2009, on the 250th anniversary of Handel's death in 1759.
International Baroque explores the musically interconnected world of 17th-c Europe: a German imitating the French, an Italian imitating the Neapolitans, an Englishman imitating the Flemish, and everybody imitating the Italians. Works by Frescobaldi, Herrando, Salamone Rossi, Selma y Salaverde, Telemann, and Uccellini.
Jigs and Dirges for Jamestown uses historical eyewitness account and period music to bring the audience on an interactive journey of discovery tracing the history of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, which began on Jamestown Island, Virginia, in May of 1607.
Solo Bach features the rarely-heard Triple Concerto for flute, violin, and harpsichord in a minor BWV 1044 by Bach in its original triosonata format. Gracing the concerto are solo Bach works for recorder, violin, cello, and harpsichord.
Twilight Baroque highlights music of the mid- to late-eighteenth century, as the baroque style began to evolve into the early Classic style. Selections include JS Bach's Trio sonata from The Musical Offering (1747), one of Telemann's stylish Paris Quartets, one of Rameau's Pieces de Clavecin en concerts, and sonatas by Francouer, Pugnani, CF Abel and JC Bach.