The Jewel Tones: Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater
3:00-4:00 PM Thursday, June 9
PARISH HALL OF ST. MARK’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH
2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Tickets available at the door. Price: $15 Adult/$10 SFEMS members, seniors and students.
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, P. 77, for soprano, alto, strings and continuo, is rightfully one of the best-known and most beloved works of chamber music with voices from the first half of the eighteenth century. Based on a Latin hymn thought to originate in the 13th century, Stabat Mater is a meditation on the Virgin Mary’s emotional reaction to the crucifixion of Jesus. Pergolesi’s setting, composed in 1736 at the very end of his life, is at times sublimely sorrowful and at times sublimely ecstatic.
THE JEWEL TONES: an ensemble of period-instrument musicians from the east coast, the west coast, and the midwest. Margaret “Marra Mamba Tiger’s Eye” Carpenter Haigh, soprano; Kathy “Amethyst” McKee, alto; David “Topaz” Wilson, violin; Martie “Emerald” Perry, violin; Joey “The Diamond” O’Donnell, viola; Barbara “Sapphire” Blaker Krumdieck, cello; Mark Elliot “Thunderegg” Bergman, bass; Nicolas “Sardonyx” Haigh, harpsichord.
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