A Tour of Italy

L’Esprit Baroque

Tour Italy with your ears! Experience the newfound freedom of music in the Baroque era. Now that women were allowed into public performance of music, they began to take the stage as soloists and composers, like Barbara Strozzi. A woman’s voice was now celebrated and in demand. Soloists came into focus as virtuosity became the only thing for a good time. Scarlatti, Geminiani, Platti and more took advantage of this newfound expressive tool. Borders between countries, emotions, performers, words, and music all become more porous as the rise of the soloist brings us through the different cities of Italy. Hear what singer-songwriters sounded like in the 1660s…

Program: Trio Sonata “la Bergamasca” for two violins and continuo by Uccellini “In un mar di pensieri” for soprano and continuo by Carissimi Sonata in G Major for flute and continuo, op.6, no.2 by Platti Ciaccona for violin and continuo by Bertali “Idol mio bel tesoro” for soprano, flute, and continuo by Bononcini Sonata in F Major, Op. 5 no. 5 for cello and continuo by Geminiani Sonata in F for recorder, strings and continuo by Scarlatti “Hor che Apollo” by Strozzi L’Esprit Baroque performs rarely-heard Baroque cantatas and chamber music for voices and period instruments in California and beyond. Our mission is to bring the amazing music of the Baroque era, and historical performance practice, to Orange County.

L’ESPRIT BAROQUE: Elysha Massatt, soprano; Sarah Vay Kerns, recorder and baroque flute; Joo Lee, baroque violin; Sylvia Schwartz, baroque violin; John Ott, baroque cello; Janice Massatt, historical keyboards

Saturday, June 2, 2018; 7:30 PM
2425 College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704
Price: Sliding scale $20-$10. None turned away for lack of funds. Additional donations welcomed.

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