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Santa Cruz Chamber Players Concert One - MUSA presents Smorgasbord Baroque
Christ Lutheran Church
Aptos, CA
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Derek Tam, concert director and harpsichord
Cynthia Black and Addi Liu, Baroque violins
Gretchen Claassen, Baroque cello

Smorgasbord Baroque features Baroque and Classical music from unexpected places. From the imperial Chinese court to the cathedrals of Guatemala, composers drew from European and indigenous sources to create music that dynamically captured the first wave of globalization from the 16th through 18th centuries.

Interaction between cultures could be limited. Teodorico Pedrini, a missionary to the Chinese court, wrote a set of thoroughly Italianate 12 violin sonatas in Beijing. Similarly, John Antes, an American missionary in Egypt, wrote thoroughly European-style string trios on the banks of the Nile.

That said, there were also remarkable fusions of style and flights of fancy. Who would expect an Italian-born violinist, Francesco Geminiani, to write trio sonatas based on old Scottish airs? How amazing is it to hear Gullivers Travels embodied in sound by Georg Philipp Telemann, or the fifes and drums (as played on harpsichord) of the Battle of Trenton?

Most remarkable of all, however, was to see non-European people recreate the music for themselves. The short songs by the Mexican Antonio de Salazar and Guatemalan Rafael Antonio Castellanos have a rhythmic zest rarely found in Europe. And what a powerful statement it is to hear the music of Ignatius Sancho, the first black man to vote in Great Britain.
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Christ Lutheran Church (View)
10707 Soquel Drive,
Aptos, CA 95003
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!



Lillian B.
Aptos, CA United States
Oct 20, 2017 7:31 PM

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