Berkeley Early Music Festival and Exhibition
FRINGE FESTIVAL 2018
Three's a Crowd: No Keyboard Attached!
Northern Italian Sonatas for Violin and Cello
Thursday, June 7th, 2018 @12pm
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