Love Lost and Won at MusicSources
Sunday, October 16, 2022, 5pm
St. Mary Magdalen Church
2005 Berryman Street, Berkeley CA (map)
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Note: MusicSources requires audience members to wear face masks and provide proof of vaccination.
This program features works that range from 1629 to 1747, and will spotlight each performer in their distinctive role. Mezzo-soprano Julie Miller joins us in stormy, passionate and intimate arias by Handel and Rameau that speak of love lost and won. Sonata decima, by early Italian composer Dario Castello, engages 2 violins and bassoon in dramatic, fiery dialog, supported by a continuo team of theorbo and guitar. Tomaso Albinoni’s Sonata à cinque, composed in a later Italian style, is full of rich string writing and melodic charm. Artistic Director Lorna Peters will perform Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Forqueray’s “La Rameau” for solo harpsichord, followed by Rameau’s return tribute, “La Forquerey,” for strings, flute and bassoon. And since no Sinfonia Spirituosa concert is complete without French opera-ballet music, the program will conclude with exotic and colorful instrumental pieces from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes.
- Tomaso Albinoni: Sonata à cinque, Op. 2, No. 3
- Dario Castello: Sonata Decima from Sonate concertate in stil moderno, libro secondo
- Georg Frideric Handel: “Scherza Infida” from Ariodante and “Un pensiero nemico di pace” from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno — Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano
- Jean-Baptiste Forqueray: “La Rameau” from Suite No. 5 in C Minor
- Jean-Philippe Rameau: “La Forqueray” from Piéces de Clavecin en Concert V
- Georg Frideric Handel: Trio Sonata in G minor, Op. 2, No. 2, HWV 387
- Jean-Philippe Rameau: Suite from Les Indes Galantes
- Air Polonaise
- Air pour Zéphire
- Tambourins I & II
- Tendre Amour — Julie Miller, mezzo-soprano
Hailed for the “arresting color” (Cincinnati Enquirer) of her voice, Julie Miller has appeared as a soloist with orchestras and opera companies throughout the U.S.A. As a member of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at Lyric Opera of Chicago she appeared on the stage of the Lyric Opera of Chicago as Emilia (Otello), Annina (La Traviata), Ida (Die Fledermaus) and Krysna (The Passenger). Other notable assignments with the company include Baroness Nica in Charlie Parker’s Yardbird plus understudies of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and Waltraute in Die Walküre. She recently performed the title role in Handel’s Ariodante which Chicago Classical Review described as an “admirable and professional performance” and the Chicago Tribune called “deeply musical.”
Ms. Miller is the recipient of the Jerome and Elaine Nerenberg Foundation Scholarship and the Rose McGilvray Grundman Award (American Opera Society of Chicago), the Richard F. Gold Career Grant (Shoshana Foundation) the Edith Newfield Scholarship Award (Musicians Club of Women). She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from CSU Sacramento and her Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance at the Bard College Conservatory of Music. She also participated in the Georg Solti Accademia Bel Canto in Castiglione della Pescaia, Tuscany.