Mar
30
8:00 PM20:00

World Première: Grüße Bruno ~ Briefe aus Stalingrad "Best Regards Bruno ~ Letters from Stalingrad" Ralf Gawlick, Composer

Bradford Gleim, baritone, and Chi-Chen Wu, piano, will première faculty composer Ralf Gawlick's new work. Best regards Bruno - Letters from Stalingrad (Herzliche Grüße Bruno ~ Briefe aus Stalingrad) is an electro-acoustic work conceived from the last two letters written by the composer's young uncle (19), Bruno Gawlick, before being listed as missing in action in late December 1942. The listener moves through time and space via a soundscape that integrates archival sound recordings with live spoken word, two separate piano parts and the prophecy of the sung voice. The resulting work is unique, and in its intimacy and profound reflections, constitutes a fierce anti-war memorial.

The work is also associated with a larger commemoration: the 75th anniversary of Stalingrad (August, 1942/February 1943 - August, 2017/February 2018).

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Mar
10
7:00 PM19:00

Peregrine Consort: Truth, Tubman and Bach: A Vesper of Hope and Faith

The Peregrine Consort commemorates Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, two great Americans whose words and actions powerfully confronted slavery. On March 10 we will listen to their wisdom and insights. They each endured very great personal hardship, and their towering example has much to teach us in our life journeys.

The beautiful Bach Cantata 150, Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (For Thee, O Lord, I long), which includes texts from the penitential Psalm 25, speaks to enduring life’s hardships.

A song by recently deceased African-American composer George Walker, and works by Aaron Copland, Henry Purcell, Heinrich Schütz, and František Tůma, will also be presented during this Vespers liturgy. As always, the Consort will perform the Baroque-era music on period instruments.

At a reception following the Cantata Vespers, as a special treat, local author Ron Walker will be signing copies of his book, Solomon’s Plan: A Gift of Education from a Father to His Son. In this memoir, Ron Walker reflects on the ways that education shaped his father’s life and his own, as well as important moments through history from the Great Migration to the Civil Rights Era.

Elise Groves, soprano

Clare McNamara, mezzo-soprano

Daniel Schenk, tenor

Bradford Gleim, bass

Julie Leven & Anne Black, violins

Sarah Freiberg-Ellison, ‘cello

Andrew Arceci, violone

Sally Merriman, bassoon

Paul Carlson, harpsichord/organ/piano/conductor

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Feb
10
2:30 PM14:30

Cut Circle: To Love Another: Renaissance Music by Du Fay, Ockeghem, and Josquin

A part of Stanford Live:

“…To love another—would humiliate my heart,” sings the devoted lover in the famous song “D’ung aultre amer,” evoking the power of love to captivate, nourish, and, on occasion, destroy. Love can be earthly and sensual; it can also be spiritual and divine, as when a Biblical figure is cast as the object of desire. In this program, led by Stanford Associate Professor of Music Jesse Rodin, Cut Circle will perform music of both romantic and spiritual intensity by Du Fay, Ockeghem, Josquin, and their contemporaries.

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Dec
16
4:00 PM16:00

Musicians of the Old Post Road: Christmas with the Bach Family

Join us for a banquet of Bach family works for the holiday season! We present Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian.

With soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

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Dec
15
3:00 PM15:00

Musicians of the Old Post Road: Christmas with the Bach Family

Join us for a banquet of Bach family works for the holiday season! We present Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian.

With soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

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Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Musicians of the Old Post Road: Christmas with the Bach Family

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Join us for a banquet of Bach family works for the holiday season! We present Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach’s rarely-performed and delightful oratorio Die Kindheit Jesu, along with a sumptuous sampling of arias from Christmas cantatas by Bach brothers Carl Philipp Emanuel and Wilhelm Friedemann, cousin Johann Ludwig, and of course, Johann Sebastian.

With soprano Jessica Petrus, mezzo-soprano Catherine Hedberg, tenor Jonas Budris, and baritone Bradford Gleim.

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Apr
29
1:30 PM13:30

A Far Cry: Fresco

featuring Sonja Tengblad, soprano, and Bradford Gleim, baritone

Included in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a mid-16th century Neapolitan fresco depicting singers and instrumentalists crowding through a window. At this time in Naples, the world's first conservatories of music were being founded, sparking the development of opera and propagating formal musical training throughout the western world. AFC’s “Fresco” looks through this prism, at works by revered teachers (Scarlatti and Porpora), precocious pupils (Rossini), and Berio’s Violin Duos, meant to be shared by student and master. AFC will also proudly present the winning entry from its inaugural Young Composers Competition.

 

Program

Alessandro Scarlatti

Sinfonia from La caduta de’ Decemviri

Luciano Berio

Selections from Duetti per due Violini

New work by winner of AFC’s first Young Composers Competition

Gioachino Rossini

String Sonata No. 3 in C Major

Nicola Porpora

Calcante ed Achille

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Apr
28
4:00 PM16:00

A Far Cry: Fresco

featuring Sonja Tengblad, soprano, and Bradford Gleim, baritone

Included in the collection of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a mid-16th century Neapolitan fresco depicting singers and instrumentalists crowding through a window. At this time in Naples, the world's first conservatories of music were being founded, sparking the development of opera and propagating formal musical training throughout the western world. AFC’s “Fresco” looks through this prism, at works by revered teachers (Scarlatti and Porpora), precocious pupils (Rossini), and Berio’s Violin Duos, meant to be shared by student and master. AFC will also proudly present the winning entry from its inaugural Young Composers Competition.

 

Program

Alessandro Scarlatti

Sinfonia from La caduta de’ Decemviri

Luciano Berio

Selections from Duetti per due Violini

New work by winner of AFC’s first Young Composers Competition

Gioachino Rossini

String Sonata No. 3 in C Major

Nicola Porpora

Calcante ed Achille

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Apr
15
3:00 PM15:00

Boston Baroque: Beethoven Fidelio

Beethoven’s opera is a compelling story of political oppression, the fight for justice, and the triumph of love. A Boston Baroque premiere featuring an internationally renowned cast that includes Metropolitan Opera singers, tenor William Burden and soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer, in Boston’s first-ever period instrument performance of this work.

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Apr
13
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Baroque: Beethoven Fidelio

Beethoven’s opera is a compelling story of political oppression, the fight for justice, and the triumph of love. A Boston Baroque premiere featuring an internationally renowned cast that includes Metropolitan Opera singers, tenor William Burden and soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer, in Boston’s first-ever period instrument performance of this work.

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Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Baroque: Messiah

“Striving for a fresh Messiah year after year” says the Boston Globe. This annual tradition will feature soprano Ava Pine, Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy (in her Boston Baroque debut), tenor Aaron Sheehan and baritone Stephen Powell, alongside the Grammy nominated Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by Martin Pearlman, Music Director.

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Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Boston Baroque: Messiah

“Striving for a fresh Messiah year after year” says the Boston Globe. This annual tradition will feature soprano Ava Pine, Irish mezzo-soprano Paula Murrihy (in her Boston Baroque debut), tenor Aaron Sheehan and baritone Stephen Powell, alongside the Grammy nominated Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus. Conducted by Martin Pearlman, Music Director.

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Oct
22
4:00 PM16:00

Boston Baroque: Mozart Requiem

The drama and mystery of Mozart’s Requiem, one of his best known and most beloved works, opens Boston Baroque’s season with a cast of our audience’s favorite soloists including Boston favorite soprano Amanda Forsythe. Joining on the all-Mozart program are his joyful concert aria Exsultate, Jubilate and sweeping Symphony No. 40.

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Oct
20
8:00 PM20:00

Boston Baroque: Mozart Requiem

The drama and mystery of Mozart’s Requiem, one of his best known and most beloved works, opens Boston Baroque’s season with a cast of our audience’s favorite soloists including Boston favorite soprano Amanda Forsythe. Joining on the all-Mozart program are his joyful concert aria Exsultate, Jubilate and sweeping Symphony No. 40.

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Oct
8
3:00 PM15:00

Handel + Haydn Society: Beethoven Ninth Symphony

A magnificent opening! Experience Beethoven’s masterpiece­­­—with its exhilarating “Ode to Joy”—for the first time on our season in 14 years. And with H+H’s acclaimed orchestra performing on the instruments he wrote for, you’ll hear the majesty of this music just as Beethoven intended.

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano
Tom Randle, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, London
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral

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Oct
6
7:30 PM19:30

Handel + Haydn Society: Beethoven Ninth Symphony

A magnificent opening! Experience Beethoven’s masterpiece­­­—with its exhilarating “Ode to Joy”—for the first time on our season in 14 years. And with H+H’s acclaimed orchestra performing on the instruments he wrote for, you’ll hear the majesty of this music just as Beethoven intended.

Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Adriana Zabala, mezzo-soprano
Tom Randle, tenor
Dashon Burton, bass-baritone

Haydn: Symphony No. 104, London
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Choral

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