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St. John Passion - Princeton Pro Musica** - Sunday, April 19, 2009, 3PM
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University

To culminate its 30th Anniversary Season, Princeton Pro Musica** will present J.S. Bach’s dramatic St. John Passion on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m., at Princeton University’s Richardson Auditorium.  Frances Fowler Slade, Founder and Music Director, will conduct chorus, orchestra, and seven outstanding soloists.

The great Bach Passion compositions—the St. John and the St. Matthew survive—are the closest opportunities Bach had to write operas.  The tradition of singing the story of Jesus’s last days, according to the Gospels, began in the middle ages.  By the time Bach wrote the St. John (1724), the Biblical accounts were augmented by solo arias, and Lutheran hymns, sung by the congregation. 

Frances Slade commented, “I literally grew up with the St. Matthew Passion, but have never performed the St. John before. It is tremendously powerful, and it has some of the most beautiful music I’ve ever experienced. I’m so glad we’re finally doing it!”

Robert Petillo will sing the demanding Evangelist role, for which he is acclaimed.  Petillo has based his career in Washington D.C., where he has performed with the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, and the Folger consort, among many others.

Elem Eley, who will sing the part of Jesus, has been a frequent soloist with Princeton Pro Musica.  On the voice faculty of Westminster Choir College, Eley enjoys a remarkably varied career, from opera, oratorio, and recital, to premieres of contemporary music.  A frequent presence on the stage of Carnegie Hall, he recently appeared there with David Randolph and the St. Cecilia Chorus.

The dramatic role of Pilate will be sung bass-baritone William Walker, who has performed frequently with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He made his Carnegie Hall debut singing the Mozart Requiem under Joseph Flummerflet. 

The aria soloists are Mary Ellen Callahan, soprano; Alyson Harvey, contralto; Tony Boutte’, tenor; and Dennis Blackwell, bass. 

Mary Ellen Callahan is a frequent soloist with the American Bach Soloists of San Francisco, and the Washing ton Bach Consort.  She recently performed the Bach B minor Mass in Kennedy Center.  In Carnegie Hall, she has performed the Bach Christmas Oratorio, Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, and a solo recital in Weill Hall to a sold-out house.

Alyson Harvey has appeared with Tempesta di Mare, the Manhattan Choral Ensemble, the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, The Berkshire Bach Society, and The Philadelphia Singers.  She made her Carnegie Hall debut with the Masterwork Chorus of NJ, and appeared with them again in their 50th Anniversary concert of the Bach B minor Mass.

Tony Boutté made his professional operatic debut as Orfeo in the groundbreaking Monteverdi Cycle produced by Skylight Opera of Milwaukee. He has specialized in Baroque music, performing with Concert Royal, the Washington Bach Consort, Les Arts Florissants, Boston Baroque, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. 

Dennis Blackwell has appeared with the New York City Opera and the Caramoor Opera.  He has sung with the American University Symphony Orchestra, the Stonewall Chorale, Musica Antiqua New York, and Bach Works.   He has performed in the recital series of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church at Citicorp Center and St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York.

Princeton Pro Musica will present a symposium about the St. John Passion at Stonebridge at Montgomery, on Wednesday April 15, at 7:30 p.m.  The panelists will include Michael Marissen, from Swarthmore College; Wendy Heller, from Princeton University; and J. Ross Wagner, from Princeton Theological Seminary.  The symposium is free.

Tickets for the April 19 performance range from $25-$45, and $10 for students.  For tickets and more information, call 609-683-5122 or visit www.princetonpromusica.org.

Princeton Pro Musica is funded in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State.

**The Princeton Pro Musica is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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March 03 2017
Mar-03-2017
March is National Early Music Month !!

Early Music Princeton* presents Stabat mater, a Lenten Evening, with vocal and instrumental works on the themes of Christ and the Virgin Mary. Works by Verancini, Biber, Telemann, Geminiani, J. S. Bach, and selections from Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater.  Jane Hines, director.

Friday March 3, 2017, 7 PM at the Princeton University Chapel.  Free admission.   For more information and directions, visit princeton.edu/music.


*Princeton Early Music is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

 
March 04 2017
Mar-04-2017
Another great awesome Salon 33 music and social event:  Join La Fiocco* for a program of virtuosic recorder music of the late Baroque, with harpsichord, theorbo, baroque guitar, and viola da gamba continuo. Lewis R. Baratz, recorder; Benjamin Berman, harpsichord; Isaac Louth, viola da gamba, and Daniel Boring, theorbo. Music of Andreas Heinrich Schultze, Francesco Barsanti, Michel de La Barre, Francesco Mancini, Ignazio Sieber, Jacques Paisible. and Robert Valentine.  

Salon 33 is an intimate venue located in Princeton, New Jersey.  You may arrive at 7 PM for a potluck meal (please bring an appetizer, main, side, or dessert), or just come when the music starts at 8 PM.  There is no formal charge for admission, but a donation for the performers will be graciously appreciated.  $20 is suggested.  

Please contact the host of Salon 33 (Salon33@outlook.com) to be placed on the email list for invitations which will contain directions and additional details. You may easily unsubscribe yourself from the Salon 33 list after the celebration of Early Music Month if you wish.

This evening is the first of five early music events at Salon 33 in March 2017 in celebration of  Early Music Month!  Check our calendar listings for other Guild for Early Music events at Salon 33 (for March 5, March 17, March 19, and March 31), and other concerts and events during Early Music Month!  

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
March 05 2017
Mar-05-2017
Salon 33 hosts another ensemble member of the Guild for Early Music in celebration of Early Music Month. Come hear a program of exquisite Renaissance music entitled "Weeping, Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth."  The concert will include short pieces of a cappella music sung by the members of Mostly Motets*. This music reflects the emotions of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth as interpreted by three Thomases: Thomas Ford, Thomas Campion and Thomas Tomkins, with additional works by Claudio Monteverdi and others, conveying the depth of feelings as captured by these early music composers.  

You may arrive at 6 PM for a potluck meal (please bring an appetizer, main, side, or dessert), or just come when the music starts at 7 PM. There is no formal charge for admission, but a donation for the performers will be graciously appreciated. $20 is suggested. 

Please contact the host of Salon 33 (Salon33@outlook.com) to be placed on the email list for invitations which will contain directions and additional details. You may easily unsubscribe yourself from the Salon 33 list after the celebration of Early Music Month if you wish. 

This evening is the second of our early music events at Salon 33 in March in celebration of Early Music Month! Check our calendar listings for March 17, March 19, and March 31 for other Guild for Early Music events at Salon 33 and other events in celebration of Early Music Month.

*Mostly Motets is a member of the Guild for Early Music
 
March 06 2017
Mar-06-2017
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society's Recorder Playing Session on Monday, March 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.  

This month's guest conductor is Lewis R. Baratz, recorder player, harpsichordist, and director of La Fiocco period instrument ensemble.  Come celebrate Early Music Month with us.

Other sessions this seasons open to all recorder players will be held on Apr 3 (Deborah Booth), May 1 (John Burkhalter), and June 5 (Maestro Robert Butts).

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.

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