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Musica Dolce. Devoted to the performance of Baroque music
Outreach performing ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society
From left to right: Lea Karpman, Janet Walker, Dean Poulsen, and Donna Messer.
United Methodist Church, April 2, 2006


Musica Dolce is an outreach performing ensemble of the Highland Park Recorder Society. Like their sixteenth-and seventeenth-century counterparts, the members of Musica Dolce meet to share artistic discoveries and ideas as reflected in music. Combining solo strings and winds with a harpsichord continuo, the musicians explore the vast repertory of concerti, suites, sonatas, fantasias, dances and sinfonias created by composers at the courts and in the cities of France, Italy, England, Spain and Germany. Musica Dolce seeks to recreate the spirit of an age that led composers to create complex scores, but allowed for a great deal of personal interpretation and embellishment. Share with them the pleasure and excitement of the music of the Renaissance and Baroque within the intimate ambiance of the camerata.

Musica Dolce plays sonatas, concerti and suites by members of the Bach family, Handel, Telemann, Vivaldi, Corelli, Scarlatti, Marcello, Purcell, Boismortier, Hotteterre, Quantz, and other masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Members of the Highland Park Recorder Society, and of the Garden State Sinfonia, its chamber orchestra, and members of Musica Dolce (recorder, cello, harpsichord, and most recently, violin) do outreach performing in the community, and for under-served populations, such as disabled children and adults, senior citizens, inner-city children, disabled New Jersey veterans, and residents of nursing homes.

Musica Dolce includes Donna Messer, recorder, Lea Karpman, violin, Janet Walker, cello, and Dean Poulsen, harpsichord.

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February 15 2016
Feb-15-2016
Baroque string band ACRONYM, Monday, Feb 15, 2016 at 7:30 pm, Taplin Auditorium, Fine Hall, free and open to the public.  ACRONYM  joins forces with vocalists of Les Canards Chantants for a program featuring the large-ensemble sonatas of Giovanni Valentini (c. 1582-1649). These works will be coupled with performances of a number of extracts from his Secondo libro di madrigali (1616).
 
February 21 2016
Feb-21-2016
Dryden Ensemble** presents William Sharp, baritone, in Cantatas 82 and 158.

Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Chapel 
Princeton Theological Seminary
 64 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or emaildrydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

**The Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
March 08 2016
Mar-08-2016
The playing session is open to all recorder players, from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM.  Visit the PRS Website for information.  princetonol.com/groups/princetonrecorder/
 
March 12 2016
Mar-12-2016
Dryden Ensemble** presents:  Bach & Bohemia, The Mardi Considine Spring Concert. Music by Bach, Biber, Schmelzer and Zelenka, including his Lamentations of Jeremiah with Karen Clark, contralto.

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church
Solebury, PA 
$25 general, $10 students

To purchase tickets or for more information visit:  www.drydenensemble.org, or email drydenensemble@gmail.com, or call 609-466-8541.

This concert will be repeated on Sunday, March 13, 2016, 3:00PM at the Miller Chapel of Princeton Theological Seminary


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

**Denotes member of the Guild for Early Music

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