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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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October 26 2014
Oct-26-2014
La Fiocco** presents Birds of a Feather, Virtuoso Recorder Music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and 21st Century.  Artistic director Lewis R. Baratz is joined by three outstanding young artist recorder players, Aik Shin Tan, Andrew Broadwater, and 17-year-old Piffaro and international recorder competition winner Martin Bernstein. 

Also performing on the program are Ann Bies, a Philadelphia-based recorder player, Lynn Fergusson, Benjamin Berman, John Armato, and John Orluk, performing on viola da gamba, harpsichord, lute, theorbo, cittern, and baroque guitar. 

Works by Henry VIII, Dowland, Trabaci, van Eyck, Telemann, and contemporary prize-winning recorder composer Glen Shannon. 

Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury (New Hope), PA.  $25, $10 students.  For more information, contact info@lafiocco.org. Visit lafiocco.org.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

 
October 31 2014
Oct-31-2014
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8PM: De Profundis: In the Shadow of Death.  Funeral music by German baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)

“Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.” - Sir Thomas Browne

Trinity Church, Princeton 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540

Johann Rosenmüller has come to the forefront of attention in recent years as a composer of remarkable musical depth and talent. His ability to create both intense vocal drama is equaled by his expressive string writing. In his larger monumental settings of psalms he combines the spatial sensitivity of Monteverdi with the virtuosic string ensemble music of the second half of the 17th century, foreshadowing the sacred music of Bach. His smaller cantatas are gems of text painting and expressive string writing. In the 21st century, audiences are finally beginning to discover the mid-baroque repertoire and the masterpieces of this exceptionally superb composer.

**ARTEK is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
November 15 2014
Nov-15-2014
La Spirita Viola da Gamba** consort performs "Come Away" A journey to Renaissance Europe and Beyond for 5 viols and for voice and viols. Music by Byrd, Holborne, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Bach, Pachelbel, and others.

Saturday, November 15th 2:00PM.  Free of charge.
Lawrenceville Library: Brunswick Avenue and Darrah Lane

For more info, visit www.laspiritaviols.org or contact: Lawrence Programs 609-989-6920 lawprogs@mcl.org. Reservations suggested but not necessary More info: Judith.klotz@comcast.net 609 393 3762.

La Spirita is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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