Burning River Baroque

Obsession and Unrequited Love…

3:30 PM Friday, June 6

Tickets available at the door. Prices: $15 general admission; $10 students and seniors.

Obsession_BerkeleyExperience the passion & tyranny of unrequited love in 18th century Italian cantatas by Giovanni Bononcini, Nicola Porpora and Domenico Scarlatti, which are rivalled in drama and virtuosity with violin sonatas by Scarlatti & Francesco Maria Veracini. Though these Italian Baroque composers are perhaps not as familiar to the modern audience as their contemporaries, J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel, in their own day they were revered as some of the most successful and brightest stars in the musical world.

Porpora was a highly celebrated opera composer (an infamous rival of Handel)  and renowned vocal instructor who introduced the most famous castrato, Farinelli, to Europe. From the Op.1 vocal cantatas widely regarded as some of his greatest masterpieces, “Destatevi, destatevi o Pastori,” depicts the lament of a spurned lover.  Another of Handel’s competitors, the opera composer and highly regarded cellist, Bononcini, tells a story of bloody revenge on Cupid for being abandoned into unrequited love in his cantata Alle sue pene intorno. Scarlatti was a legendary harpsichord virtuoso and prolific composer.  His expressive Gm sonata (Kk.88) is atypical for him in its Italianate Style, and Spanish influences abound in the anguished internal debate over professing love in his cantata No, non fuggire, o Nice.  Veracini was regarded as one of the greatest violinists in Europe, though his highly successful but somewhat volatile career as a violinist and composer was sometimes interrupted by periods of madness and insanity. As is evident in his dramatic Sonate accademisch in Gm, op.2, no.5, the violin was Veracini’s true passion and obsession!

Each piece on the program exemplifies the shift toward a new style of composition, which was beginning to emerge in the first half of the 18th century. The writing in these pieces favors melody and fast-paced drama over the highly contrapuntal single-affekt style of earlier works. Burning River Baroque invites you to join them in unfolding the drama of these innovative triumphs of the late Italian Baroque!

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About the Artists

Burning River Baroque

Burning River Baroque


Peter Lekx, baroque violin
Malina Rauschenfels,
soprano & baroque cello
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck,
baroque cello
Anthony Harvey,
Paula Maust,

Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Burning River Baroque was formed in the summer of 2012 by co-directors Peter Lekx and Malina Rauschenfels as a collaboration with other young up-and-coming Baroque musicians from the area. Inspired by the abundance of chamber repertoire from the Baroque period, the ensemble has dedicated itself to sharing this music with the North-Eastern Ohio region. Initially devoting itself to fiery string music from the Baroque era, Burning River Baroque quickly expanded forces to incorporate dramatic vocal cantatas featuring stringed instruments, and recently to works including Baroque wind instruments. They have performed extensively in the Cleveland area, in New York, and in two Fringe concerts at the Boston Early Music Festival. In the summer of 2014 they will be appearing on the SoHIP Early Music series in Boston.

Barbara Blaker Krumdieck grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she studied cello with Katherine Scott, Mildred Rosner and Thomas Stauffer. She studied baroque cello at the Conservatory of Music in Hilversum, the Netherlands with Phoebe Carrai. While living in Europe, Barbara performed, toured and recorded with Concerto Koln, playing concerts at the Paris Opera house and the Palace of Versailles. Ms Krumdieck performs and has made several recordings with Ensemble Vermillian, a group she formed with her sister, recorder player Frances Blaker. Ensemble Vermillian has performed Fringe concerts at both the Boston Early Music Festival and the Berkeley Early Music Festival, as well as touring throughout the US and in Northern Europe. In addition to performing in numerous chamber ensembles throughout the southeast, Barbara is co-founder and principal cellist of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and is the artistic director of Music at St. Alban’s and Music at St. Peter’s, concert series in Davidson and Charlotte, NC.

Anthony Harvey enjoys a varied career performing regularly as both a soloist and continuo player. He is the Artistic Director for Middleburg Musick and the AGAR Chamber Music Series, which presents concerts of Early Music in Virginia and co-directs the Musicum Collegium at James Madison University. He currently performs with Corda Nova, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Vermillion, Three Notch’d Road, Modern Musick, The Washington Bach Consort, The Mallarme Chamber Players, Burning River Baroque, and KontraBande. Mr. Harvey holds multiple degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied theorbo and baroque lute with Richard Stone. He has also previously served on faculty at Washington College.

Peter Lekx performs across the Unites States and Canada as a soloist and chamber musician on Baroque violin and viola as well as modern viola and medieval strings. Originally from Niagara, Ontario, he currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio, where he is artistic director & cofounder of Burning River Baroque. He has performed with a number of early music groups, including Baroque & Beyond, Bourbon Baroque, Cambridge Concentus, Cascata, Kentucky Baroque, Mallarmé Chamber Players, Music for a while, New Comma Baroque, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, and Quicksilver. Peter toured Japan with Cambridge Concentus, performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion under the baton of Joshua Rifkin. In performance, Peter has also appeared in broadcasts on WCRB and WGBH in Boston, MA; MPBN Maine; WDAV Davidson, NC; WPSU & WVIA Pennsylvania; WUIS Springfield, IL; and KPBX Spokane, WA. Known also for his exciting interpretations of contemporary music on modern viola, he has premiered numerous solo, chamber and orchestral compositions, and performed in chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout New England and the Midwest. As a teacher, Peter maintains a private studio in the Cleveland area, has taught courses and been guest lecturer at several universities, and is on the violin faculty of the Amherst Early Music Festival. Peter holds both a Bachelors degree (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Masters degree (Penn State University) in Viola Performance, as well as a Chamber Music Diploma (Wilfrid Laurier University) and Performance Diploma (Boston University).

Paula Maust enjoys a diverse musical career combining her interests of performance and pedagogy. A dedicated chamber musician, she frequently works as a collaborative keyboardist with a special focus on historical performance practice. She has been a member of Burning River Baroque since 2013 and has performed with them in Cleveland, New York, and Boston. Additionally, she was an accompanist at the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute in 2013 and will return in summer 2014. Paula is a 2009 graduate of Valparaiso University, where she graduated summa cum laude with the BM degree in Church Music/Organ Performance and was an associate scholar in Christ College, the interdisciplinary honors college. In 2012, she earned the MM degree in organ performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music and was awarded the Deanʼs Award for the graduate student with the highest academic achievement. While at CIM, Paula also completed the Early Music Certificate through the joint program at Case Western Reserve University. This fall, she will begin graduate harpsichord studies with Adam Pearl at the Peabody Institute, where she will also be a music theory graduate assistant.

Malina Rauschenfels is a soprano, composer and multi-instrumentalist transplanted to Cleveland after 11 years in New York City. Praised by the New York Times for her “compelling” performances and as “remarkable” by the Village Voice, she has also been commended by for her “exceptional vocal range, strong acting abilities, gripping theatricality, and commanding gestures, both musical and physical.” Malina is co-founder and executive director of Burning River Baroque, with whom she sings and plays baroque cello. She is also artistic director of hūmAnómali, a collaboratively structured music ensemble which incorporates “extra-musical affairs,” such as dance, gesture and theatricality into it’s historically informed performances of music from antiquity to the present. Equally comfortable with early music and contemporary music, she has performed with Quire Cleveland, Contrapunctus, Marble Sanctuary Choir, Newberry Consort, North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Nuove Musiche, Toby Twining Music, Trinity Chamber Singers, Trinity Cathedral Choir, Alarm Will Sound and C4 – the Choral Composer Conductor Collective. She attended the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School for her BM and MM in cello performance and composition. Malina has appeared in broadcast performances on WCLV Cleveland and can been recorded on “Caritas et Amor” with Marble Sanctuary Choir and “Madrigalian Motets from Jacobean England ” with Quire Cleveland. As a cellist she played Davidovsky’s Divertimento for Cello and Orchestra with the Juilliard Orchestra under Reinbert de Leeuw and played a solo recital in Carneigie’s Weill Hall. She has performed in Canada, France, Italy, Serbia, Montenegro, and across the United States.

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