MUSIC FOR COLONISTS, PATRIOTS, AND PRESIDENTS
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2008
Clara Rottsolk, soprano; Daniela Pierson & Christof Richter, baroque violins
John Burkhalter, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; Janet Palumbo, harpsichord
Part of the Princeton 1783 celebration, this concert features the chamber music enjoyed by colonial Americans, the patriots who founded the United States, and the earliest presidents who governed the new nation. Thomas Jefferson kept an impressive music library that included American, British, and European music. Benjamin Franklin invented a musical instrument (the glass harmonica) and kept a harpsichord in his house. The program will include some of Jefferson’s and Franklin’s favorite pieces of chamber music, as well as songs from popular musical theatre productions enjoyed throughout the colonies. A pre-concert talk by John Burkhalter will explore the relationship America’s founders had with music. Music by Handel, Corelli, Boyce, Arne, and others, including:
• Handel’s “Oh had I Jubal’s Lyre” from Joshua and his Air from the Water Music
• Trio sonatas by William Boyce and Dr. Thomas Arne
• Arcangelo Corelli’s Violin Sonata op. 5, no. 1
• Songs from 18th century popular musical theater
Pre-concert talk by John Burkhalter at 7:30 pm; Concert at 8:00 pm
Unitarian Church of Princeton, Route 206 (State Road) & Cherry Hill Road, Princeton
Tickets at the door: $20 General Admission; $15 Seniors; $5 Students
For information, call (609) 252-0522 or visit our website: www.triomphebaroque.org
Le Triomphe de l'amour is a chamber music ensemble performing Baroque music on original instruments. This year, the ensemble celebrates its 18th season. This is the first concert in the 2008-2009 season. Other concerts this season will be on February 28 and April 18, 2009.
Triomphe’s concerts are more than just music: each is an exploration of music and cultural history, and a window into life in the 18th century. Illustrated pre-concert talks, focused program themes, and insightful program notes help to lead the audience to a deeper understanding of the music and its historical and cultural context.
Programs made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Dept. of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and by funds from the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Programs subject to change.