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Tyranny of Love: A Benefit Concert
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OCTOBER 21, 2014: New York Benefit Concert

followed by a reception with the artists at a private residence. All proceeds will benefit directly Crescendo’s music programs.
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ABOUT THE CONCERT: The Tyranny of Love
 

A selection of some of the greatest love duets of the times, including “Io t’abbraccio” from Handel’s “Rodelinda” and “Caro bella” from Handel’s “Cesare.” You will also hear the famous aria “Lascia ch’io pianga” and Babell’s harpsichord transcription of “Vo’ far guerra” – both from Handel’s “Rinaldo” and solos and duets from operas by J.A. Hasse, R. Broschi and A. Scarlatti. This concert will benefit Crescendo‘s music programs. Audience members may purchase tickets to a reception with the artists at a private residence immediately following the concert.
Sarah Moulton Faux, Soprano
Nicholas Tamagna, Countertenor
Christine Gevert, Harpsichord


Sounds the Transform: The Argentinian Bach – Domenico Zipoli
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NOVEMBER 2014: Crescendo’s 10th Anniversary Concert

will feature all of our ensembles in a celebration of Baroque Music from Europe and Latin America!

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ABOUT THE CONCERT: Sounds that Transform: The “Italian-Argentinian Bach,” Domenico Zipoli

Crescendo’s 10th Anniversary Concert presents Baroque sacred vocal music of two great composers of the 18th century: the well known and beloved Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Zipoli, whose compositions have become accessible to us only since the end of the 20th century. Zipoli’s compositions are equal in artistry and style to his Italian Catholic contemporaries, such as Antonio Vivaldi. But they also have their very own flavor, as they were composed in Argentina to teach sacred music to the indigenous population of the Jesuit settlements of the region. In presenting Zipoli’s works, Crescendo will use an orchestra that combines Baroque period and Andean instruments—which may well have been the original instrumentation. Children’s voices will be added to those of the adult singers to replicate some of the color these works were conceived with (young voices would have sung all upper parts in the Jesuit settlements). Two early cantatas by Bach stand in contraast to the works of Zipoli. They feature Lutheran texts, expressed through the North German-Italianate rhetoric of the music, and the counterpoint that is Bach’s specialty.

The works on this program are:

  • Missa San Ignacio and excerpts from the Vespers San Ignacio by Domenico Zipoli


  • Johann Sebastian Bach’s cantatas BWV 150 “Nach Dir, Herr, verlanget mich” (For Thee, O Lord, I long) and BWV 61 “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” (Now come, Savior of the heathens).


  • Pre-Concert Talk starts 30 minutes before the performance.

The performers are:

Crescendo Choir and Youth Singers
Crescendo Period Instrument Orchestra and Andean Instruments
Julianne Baird, Soprano
Nicholas Tamagna, Countertenor
Pablo Bustos, Tenor

Christine Gevert, Conductor

 

Supported in part by an Alfred Nash Patterson Grant from Choral Arts New England.