Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition


Three's a Crowd: No Keyboard Attached!

Northern Italian Sonatas for Violin and Cello

Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @12pm 

Trinity Chapel

2320 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

After our SFEMS Early Music Sundays Debut in February, Ensemble Bizarria is Back in Berkeley for the Fringe Festival!


About the Program: 

Despite the near ubiquitous presence of a harpsichord in performances of early music on modern concert stages, the historical record presents a different story. The classic harpsichord-cello continuo duo was far from normal, particularly in the seventeenth century. In this lunchtime lecture-recital early baroque specialists Lindsey Strand-Polyak and Alexa Haynes-Pilon will discuss and perform – with no keyboard attached – “sonate e ciaconne senza cembalo o chitarrone” by late seventeenth-century Italian composers such as Vitali, Cima, Uccellini and Colombi. By removing the sonic backup of a keyboard or plucked instrument, the audience will be drawn in by the heightened risk of the performance, foregrounding the true sense of “sonate a due”.

Performers: Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin; Alexa Haynes-Pilon, baroque cello


Program Includes: Sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, Marco Uccellini, Evaristo Felice Dall'Abaco, Giovanni Paolo Cima, and some choice bizarrerie by Giuseppe Colombi

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