St. Cecilia Baroque Festival Three Day Pass
Purchase a pass for the entire Baroque Festival at a discounted prince!
Friday, December 6, 8:00 PM Works of Beauty and Bravura: Music from Opera, Oratorio and Stage featuring soprano Meredith Ruduski, Counter-tenor Ryland Angel and Concertmaster Marc Destrubé.
Saturday, December 7, 8:00 PM Premier Performance by Imperfect Pearl: Virtuosity in 17th and 18th century London
Sunday, December 8, 4:00 PM Works for Chorus and Orchestra. Handel: "Ode to Saint Cecilia" and Linley: "Let God Arise"
Ask most any music lover to name two composers of the English Baroque and they are hard pressed to get past the works of Purcell and Handel. Yet there is a great treasure trove of music from 17th and 18th century London that is seldom heard. London was a great melting pot of musical activity with composers and performers from England, France, and Italy converging on the fast growing cultural center. Purcell was certainly a composer of Cosmopolitan sensibility, creating an amalgam of English, French and Italian styles in the 17th century. And later, Handel would create a unique English national style that would hold up the English oratorio as its archetype. But, there is so much more to be discovered and appreciated among the work of these two giants. There is also the myth that great English music died with Handel, beginning a dark period in English music that would only see the light in the visits by Haydn and Mozart. Not so! Composers of considerable ability continued to write music of remarkable depth and beauty for the Church, opera house and stage. And a young unknown, Thomas Linley, would promise to be the heir apparent to Handel's mantle as one of England's greatest composers had he not met a tragic end at the age of 22. Mozart believed "Linley was a true genius" who "had he lived, would have been one of the greatest ornaments of the musical world."
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