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20-May-2012
Harpsichord Concert - English Virginalists and Visitors

The Virginalists were a group of English composers from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, associated with Queen Elizabeth I. }Virginal" is an old term for a plucking keyboard instrument, or harpsichord, with a rectangular shape, called such “because, like a virgin, it soothes with a sweet and gentle voice.” Handel was born in Halle, Germany and stayed in Italy before settling in London (1712) and becoming a naturalized British subject in 1727. Haydn was a lifelong resident of Austria, but visited England twice, where he led highly successful concerts and composed and published a number of his best known works. J.S. Bach never visited England, indeed he didn't travel further than 250 miles from home. However, there is a possible English connection: his first set of six suites were supposed to have been composed for an Englishman of rank.

David Clark Little studied Organ, Harpsichord and Composition at the West Chester State University, PA, and in the Netherlands, at the conservatories of Hilversum, Amsterdam, and Utrecht. Several of his teachers were well-known, including harpsichordist Gustav Leonhardt; and organist Keith Chapman. He has performed widely solo and in ensembles such as Tactus Baroque Ensemble, The Academy conducted by Frans Brüggen, The Netherlands Vocal Ensemble conducted by Rudolf Grasman, The Netherlands Chamber Orchestra under Lev Markiz, and La Fiocco led by Lewis Baratz; in the USA, the Netherlands, France, and Indonesia. Currently he is Organist/Choir Director at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Doylestown, PA and teaches organ, harpsichord, and piano. Running a private studio, he produces CDs with the Adnarim label. Among these are his performances of harpsichord Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti; and his own arrangement of the Goldberg Variations by Johann Sebastian Bach. See David Clark Little's Harpsichord Homepage.

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December 16 2016
Dec-16-2016
Handel's Messiah Sing Along: First Part and the Hallelujah Chorus, Friday, December 16 at 7PM. 800 Ocean Avenue, Long Branch, NJ 07740.  Free, with free-will offering collected.

Singing will be accompanied by organ, played by Seah Velloso. The solos will be sung by soloists Lauren Walters, soprano; Jody Doktor, mezzo-soprano; Ted Chletsos, tenor; & Wilbur Lewis, bass. The chorus can be sung by everyone! Contact: Paul Bergin 609-789-8004 or pbergin@stmichaelnj.com.
 
December 17 2016
Dec-17-2016
The Highland Park Community Chorus is celebrating their 30 anniversary with Henry Purcell's Come Ye Sons of Art and Antonio Vivaldi's Gloria on Saturday, December 17 at 8PM, on period instruments. Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichordist & director. Also, a world premiere by New Jersey composer Martin Sedek. 

Reformed Church of Highland Park
19-21 South 2nd Avenue
Highland Park, NJ 08904
(accessible entrance)

General admission $15; students & seniors $10 (in advance or at the door).  Click here to email for more information.
 
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

 
February 12 2017
Feb-12-2017
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. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 3 PM.  Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ. 

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