Filtering by: music
New Year's Eve with J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel: A Historically-Informed Performance to Greet the New Year
Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

New Year's Eve with J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel: A Historically-Informed Performance to Greet the New Year

The Choral Arts Philadelphia tradition of giving a New Year’s Eve concert was born in December 2014, thanks to the resounding success of that year’s experiment with Bach’s rarely heard complete Christmas Oratorio.

This year, Choral Arts will present two masterpieces of the Baroque era.

J.S. Bach’s Magnificat
We will perform one of Bach's most popular vocal works with the Christmas hymn "interpolations" (laudes) that composer originally included for Magnificat's first Christmas performance in Leipzig in 1723. 

During Bach's time In Leipzig, Magnificat became a regular part of Sunday services, sung in German on ordinary Sundays but more elaborately, and in Latin, on the high holidays (such as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost). 

Handel’s Coronation Anthems 
One of the last acts of King George I before his death in 1727 was to sign "An Act for the naturalizing of George Frederic Handel and others." Handel's first commission as a naturalized British citizen was to write the music for the coronation later that year. The four anthems Handel composed for the coronation of King George II and Queen Caroline on 11 October 1727 have never lacked popular favour. They were repeatedly performed at concerts and festivals during his life and since, and he incorporated substantial parts of them, with little change except to the words, in several oratorios, notably Esther and Deborah.

The forces that he used were substantial for the time period: an augmented Chapel Royal Choir of 47 voices and an orchestra that may have numbered as many as 160 instruments. The chorus is divided from time to time into 6 or 7 parts (the tenors remain united) and a large body of strings includes three (not the usual two) violin parts.

Program Details

J.S. BACH: 
Magnificat, BWV 243.1

G.F. HANDEL: 
Coronation Anthems:
1. Zadok the Priest
2. The King shall rejoice
3. Let thy hand be strengthened
4. My heart is inditing


View Event →
J. S. Bach: Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin: Part One
Feb
15
7:00 PM19:00

J. S. Bach: Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin: Part One

The partnership of keyboard and solo instrument is a long-standing relationship that is well understood and enjoyed. His six Sonatas for harpsichord and violin are grouped among the “obbligato” sonatas written for various solo instruments where keyboard has an extensive “written-out” part and the two instruments are in equal contrapuntal partnership with each other.

Robert Mealy — baroque violin
Leon Schelhase — harpsichord

Admission: $35
Students and Seniors: $15 with a valid ID

View Event →
J. S. Bach: Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin: Part Two
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

J. S. Bach: Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin: Part Two

The partnership of keyboard and solo instrument is a long-standing relationship that is well understood and enjoyed. His six Sonatas for harpsichord and violin are grouped among the “obbligato” sonatas written for various solo instruments where keyboard has an extensive “written-out” part and the two instruments are in equal contrapuntal partnership with each other.

Robert Mealy — baroque violin
Leon Schelhase — harpsichord

Admission: $35
Students and Seniors: $15 with a valid ID

View Event →
The Royal Harpsichord
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

The Royal Harpsichord

The Couperin family taught and inspired the French royals for generations. Not only were they instrumental in the shaping of their students, but in that of their contemporary colleagues and future countrymen. The program will reflect on the genius of the dynastic family and how their artistic presence shaped a broad musical landscape.

Michael Sponseller — harpsichord

Admission: $35
Students and Seniors: $15 with a valid ID

View Event →

Ravensong Presents: Le Roi Danse
Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Ravensong Presents: Le Roi Danse

Ravensong and Kleine Kammermusik present internationally acclaimed baroque dancer Hubert Hazebroucq and violinist Stefan Plewniak of Il Giardino d’Amore in a concert of music and dance from the court of Louis XIV. The dances, reconstructed by Hazebroucq from their original notation, are set to music of Couperin, Lully, and more. Don't miss this rare opportunity to indulge in an evening of charm, grace, and delight!

Hubert Hazebroucq, Dancer
Stefan Plewniak, violin
Members of Kleine Kammermusik

Admission: $30
Students and Seniors: $15


View Event →
CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: VESPERS OF 1610
Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI: VESPERS OF 1610

Our recently established tradition of a New Year’s Eve celebration continues!

Join us for the only performance in Philadelphia honoring Claudio Monteverdi’s 450th birthday with his breathtaking and revolutionary Vespro della Beata Vergine (1610)Be transported into the soaring strains of solemn vespers as Venetians would have in 1610 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Mark.
 
For this performance, we are joined by the members of Dark Horse Consort, an ensemble dedicated to the brass music of the early 17th century.

The splendor of Monteverdi’s dazzling instrumental writing will be revealed as the Vespers floods the mind and heart with music ranging from intimate love songs to rapturously grand double chorus settings.

TICKETS

Early bird:
$30 General Admission
$20 Seniors
$10 Students (with ID)

As of December 1, 2017:
$45 General Admission
$30 Seniors
$15 Students (with ID)

 

View Event →