Sunday, April 9 at 3:00 p.m.
Herr Beethoven & His Cellists
Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Cello No. 2, 3, 4
Works by Duport, Romberg & Kraft
Creativity of an artist is often inspired through collaboration. The Duport brothers, Bernhard Romberg, and Anton Kraft were leading cellists, composers and pedagogues of their time. Their artistry and collaboration inspired Beethoven to reconsider the cello’s capabilities and to write major works for this instrument. This concert will explore the ingenuity of Beethoven’s Sonatas for Piano and Cello from each of his three periods that still leaves us marveled almost two centuries later paired with selected works by Duport, Romberg and Kraft. It will feature cellist Cherry Kim, cellist Scott Thomas Lesser and pianist Ai-ying Chiu.
Sunday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Flights of Fancy
Music inspired by our fine-feathered friends featuring works by Handel, Biber, Scarlatti, Bononcini and more!
Presented by the early music ensemble A Joyful Noyse
$15 Donation to support Hancock Music Program
A constant source of fascination and inspiration, the subject of birds and their songs has long enriched the repertoire of music. This concert will make a musical journey from the Renaissance to the Baroque periods, with a sampling of music from France, Italy, Germany and England. The Renaissance portion will include compositions by Janequin, Monteverdi, Lemlin, Gippenbusch, John Mundy and Orlando Gibbons.
The Baroque music sampling will include a remarkable and humorous violin sonata by Biber, which mimics nightingales, hens, quail, roosters, cuckoos and even the food and the nemesis of birds – frogs and cats. A cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti depicts musical dialogue between a caged songster, yearning to soar again over hill and meadow and a young maiden, who too feels caught and trapped by the fetters of her fate.
The concert will conclude with Handel’s Nightingale chorus, from the oratorio Solomon, in which flower-scented pillows, soft breathing breezes and the sweet songs of nightingales lull the happily married Solomon and his wife to sleep.
A flock of early music instruments will accompany the fair-throated vocalists of A Joyful Noyse, to include recorders, baroque flute, violin, a consort of violas da gamba, harpsichord and yes, even a rackett and a congregation of crumhorns.
Sunday, May 14 – The Jameson Singers
Hancock music program is now a member of ArtsBoston!