June 1, 2014
The season finale brings to light Baroque-era gems, both timeless and rare. Hear one of J.S. Bach’s most beautifully faceted masterworks alongside newly unearthed jewels by his contemporaries. Be mesmerized by the graceful virtuosic complexity of Maria Teresa Agnesi, discover the harmonic inventiveness of Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka’s Dixit Dominus (in a new modern edition by former Coro Allegro member Michael Driscoll), and enjoy the expressive and elegant offertory from "la virtuosa di Venezia" Anna Bon.
Our special guests will be members of the internationally acclaimed La Donna Musicale and the Latin Baroque ensemble RUMBARROCO, both founded and directed by music scholar and viola da gambist Laury Gutiérrez. La Donna Musicale performs on period instruments with historical performance practices and is devoted exclusively to the discovery, preservation, and promotion of music by women composers. RUMBARROCO widens our perspective of Baroque music even further through their fusion of Iberian early music and the popular and folk music of Latin America, incorporating the rhythmic vitality that has persisted in this music in its many diverse genres from the 1100s to today.
J.S. Bach: Jesu, Meine Freude, BWV 227
Anna Bon: Offertorium, Ardete amore
Jan Dismas Zelenka: Dixit Dominus, ZWV 66
Maria Teresa Agnesi: Overteur II from Ulisse in Campania
plus two works performed by RUMBARROCO
David Hodgkins, conductor
Elizabeth Nelson, soprano
Daniela Tošic, mezzo-soprano
Jason McStoots, tenor
Harris Ipock, baritone