Program Notes by Ivars Taurins
Handel is able at one moment to deal with a panoply of monumental events and in the next to draw us into the most intimate workings of the heart and mind.
In our 2019/20 season, we are exploring how "old" can meet "new." This theme runs across our season in many ways, including six short new works by living composers written to complement the programs.
We are delighted to welcome Grégoire Jeay, who was commissioned to compose a new work for solo harpsichord for our Goldberg Variations program in April.
Grégoire Jeay introduces The Phantom of Goldberg
By Alison Mackay, program creator
The Indigo Project is an exploration in music, words, and images of the influence of indigo dye on the culture and economy of Europe and India in the 17th and 18th centuries.
FROM THE INNER BREATH TO THE MUSIC
By Vittorio Ghielmi
Program notes by Dominic Teresi, bassoon
The premiere of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail was advertised in Vienna on July 16, 1782. Just four days later the young composer wrote to his father in Salzburg: "Now I have no small task: by Sunday week I have to arrange my opera for wind band, otherwise someone will step in front of me and take the profit.”
Program Notes by Lucas Harris, Tafelmusik lutenist and member of Vesuvius Ensemble