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30-Oct-2010
Mr. HANDEL and Friends at Home - Princeton, NJ 8:00 PM
Pre-Concert Talk Beginds at 7:30 PM

Le Triomphe de l’amour, New Jersey’s chamber music ensemble performing music of the Baroque on period instruments, will present a concert on Saturday, October 30 at the Unitarian Church of Princeton. The concert, titled “Mr. Handel and Friends at Home,” presents music enjoyed in Handel’s house in London. Guest artist Daniela Pierson, baroque violin, joins members of the ensemble Laura Heimes, soprano; John Burkhalter, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Janet Palumbo, harpsichord.  John Burkhalter will present a pre-concert talk at 7:30 pm; the concert begins at 8:00 pm.  In his talk, Mr. Burkhalter will discuss the musical practice in 18th-century London of friends gathering to sing and play musical instruments for mutual entertainment. From 1723 until his death in 1759, George Frederic Handel lived at what is now No. 25 Brook Street, London.  It was in this house that he composed many of his most celebrated works, including the Messiah, his last major English oratorio, Jeptha, and the Music for the Royal Fireworks.  Within his chambers, preliminary rehearsals for the opera Alcina took place as well.  Handel's neighbor on Brook Street, Mary Pendarves, later Mrs. Delany, recorded in brilliant letters the musical activities that took place at Mr. Handel’s home as well as at her own town house just down the street.  Friends and musicians gathered to perform and to listen to the newest solo compostions, fresh from the pens of Handel and his contemporaries, as well as chamber arrangements of the most popular songs and dances from larger works, engraved and distributed by Handel’s publisher John Walsh.

The concert will include instrumental and vocal chamber music by Handel and his contemporaries.  Violinist Daniela Pierson will be featured in Handel’s Violin Sonata in E major.  Harpsichordist Janet Palumbo will perform Handel’s Harpsichord Suite in D minor and Handel’s most enduring work for solo harpsichord, the “Harmonious Blacksmith” Variations.  Carl Friedrich Abel was another German-born composer who spent much of his career in London; his Prelude and Allegro for solo viola da gamba will be performed by Donna Fournier.  Mr. Burhkalter, on recorder, will be featured in Walsh’s arrangements of airs from several Handel operas, including Alcina and Julius Caesar.  Soprano Laura Heimes will perform airs from Handel’s oratorios and operas, in chamber music arrangements published in London and meant to allow smaller ensembles of musicians to perform these favorite songs in private house concerts.  Ms. Heimes will sing “Oh had I Jubal’s lyre” from the oratorio Joshua and “Lusinghe più care d’amore” from Alexander.  Also on the program are Thomas Arne’s cantata Cymon and Iphegenia and songs from Comus and his English opera Eliza.  Music by Pepusch, Boyce, and Giardini will complete the program.  The music on this program will be prepared using original sources in the Roan-Burkhalter collection of rare 17th-18th century musical prints.

Violinist Daniela Pierson has performed with Le Triomphe de l’amour many times, thrilling audiences with her expressive and energetic playing.  Soprano Laura Heimes has been praised for her “sumptuous tone and shimmering clarity” and has been a featured soloist in concerts from Carnegie Hall to California’s Carmel Bach Festival. She has taught at Westminster Choir College and Swarthmore and has recordings available on several labels.  John Burkhalter is a well-known lecturer on cultural history.  Janet Palumbo, a founding member of the ensemble, has been featured on Brazilian national television.  Le Triomphe de l’amour has recordings available on the Lyrichord and A Casa Disco labels.

Tickets may be purchased at the door for $20 general admission, $18 for senior citizens, and $5 for students.  For information, call (609) 252-0522 or visit the ensemble’s website at www.triomphebaroque.org. This concert is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment of the Arts.

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January 23 2017
Jan-23-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's first monthly Recorder Playing Session of 2017, on Monday, January 23, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park.  There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on the following Mondays:  Feb 6 (Maestro Robert Butts), March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Deborah Booth, noted and esteemed recorder player and performer on modern and historical flutes.  Learn more about Deborah Booth at flute-recorder-deborahbooth.com.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 05 2017
Feb-05-2017
Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 4PM, The Princeton Abbey presents Les Agréments de musique,** Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, reorder, in a performance of French Baroque music composed by Marais, Lully, Dieupart, and Louis & François Couperin. 

Suggested Donation: $15. 
Princeton Abbey 
75 Mapleton Road 
Princeton, NJ 08540 

For directions and additional information please call 609.285.7931 or visit princetonabbey.org.

**Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 06 2017
Feb-06-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's Recorder Playing Session on Monday, February 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM in the Parlor room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, NJ, 19 South Second Avenue in Highland Park. There is free parking in back of the church which may be accessed via Magnolia Street. ADA handicapped accessible.  Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on March 6 (Lewis R. Baratz), Apr 3 (TBD), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (TBD).

This month's guest conductor is Maestro Robert Butts, noted conductor and music director.  Learn more about Maestro Butts at http://baroqueorchestra.org/content/robert-w-butts-conductor-and-music-director-baroque-orchestra-new-jersey.

For more information, on the Highland Park Recorder Society, contact Donna Messer at:  recorderdonna <At sign> gmail <dot> com or click to email.

**Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
February 11 2017
Feb-11-2017
Dryden Ensemble* presents Le Médicin & La Musique. Elegant suites and medical curiosities from the French Baroque, including Marais's musical depiction of a bladder stone operation, with readings by actor Paul Hecht. 

Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM.  Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA. 

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door. General admission $25; students free with ID; 3-concert subscriptions $70. 
Phone: 609-466-8541 

*Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music