Sunday, February 9, 2020, 5pmSt. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley CA (map)
Sinfonia Spirituosa’s concert entitled “Beautiful and Bizarre” features music that exemplifies the spontaneous, improvisatory, and often startling character of the Baroque, and is a perfect showcase for the artistry and dramatic flair of this emerging ensemble. At the core of this program are two works by Telemann: the orchestra’s namesake piece, the lively and moving Sinfonia Spirituosa; and the whimsical La Bizarre suite, named for its odd and exciting dances that can surprise listener and performer alike with their unusual, clever quirks
The freedom and fantasy of the 17th century are represented with pieces by Johann Vierdanck and Henry Purcell. Vierdanck’s Passamezzo and Gagliarda feature violinists Jubal Fulks and Lindsey Strand-Polyak in virtuoso displays of instrumental fireworks. Purcell’s Chaconne and Curtain Tune on a Ground both use compelling bass lines to create dramatic scenes fit for the English theatre.
Displaying the full grandeur and magnificence of the French Baroque, a selection of dances from the tragédie lyrique Les Boréades by Jean-Philippe Rameau round out the program. Les Boréades retells the story of the Greek legend of Abaris the Hyperborean, a descendant of Boreas, the god of the North Wind. Rameau’s rich, colorful ballet music is the perfect exhibition of the depth of feeling and joyful spirit of Sinfonia Spirituosa.
Tickets: $30 general/$25 MusicSources members and seniors/FREE for students 18 years of age or younger. More info: musicsources.org