Early Morning Ragas of Byrd and Sweelinck
9:00 AM Saturday, June 7
LOPER CHAPEL, FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH – 2345 Channing Way (entrance at Dana and Durant)
Tickets available at the door. Prices: $15 general, $10 students, seniors and SFEMS and WEKA members.
Stanford University harpsichordist Elaine Thornburgh performs tuneful variations of Byrd and Sweelinck for the early morning musical explorer. Enjoy some homemade scones in advance of hearing “Est-ce Mars”, “O Mistress Mine”, “Carman’s Whistle”, “John Come Kiss Me Now” and other favorite tunes performed on a visually and acoustically stunning John Phillip’s copy of a 17th century Italian harpsichord in resonant Loper Chapel.
Allan Ulrich of The San Francisco Examiner wrote of Thornburgh’s CD of William Byrd’s “Grounds and Variations” for Koch International Classics: “Thornburgh attacks this intelligently conceived William Byrd program with relish. . . . vivacity splendidly captured”. Don Kaplan’s Fall 2012 Early Music America review of the 2012 Berkeley Festival writes about “Elaine Thornburgh’s program of French keyboard music, which audience members found ‘ravishing, gorgeous, played with excellent musicianship, taste, technique, and interpretation’ “.
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