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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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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

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