Current Programs

[tabs slidertype="left tabs"] [tabcontainer] [tabtext]Like a White and Melodious Swan[/tabtext] [tabtext]Handel’s Inheritance[/tabtext] [/tabcontainer] [tabcontent] [tab]Like a White and Melodious Swan explores the cloistered world of Italian convents, in which music was at once outwardly forbidden and inwardly celebrated. Under the guise of ‘sacred recreation,’ nun composers adapted many of the contemporary genres of secular music to their needs, writing highly expressive, deeply personal, and often erotic texts exploring their relationship to the divine in the persons of Jesus Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. This program features music by:

  • Maria Xaveria Peruchona (ca.1652-1709)
  • Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662)
  • Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704)
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani (1602- ca.1678) [/tab] [tab]The great man theory of history tends to lift up the genius without much of a focus on his genesis. That George Frideric Handel earned both his place in the pantheon of Western music composers, and his grave in Westminster Abbey is beyond doubt. Not only was Handel’s music extremely inventive and popular in his own lifetime, it has endured over centuries and flourished through repeated revivals. His genius makes all the more interesting the details of his youth and education. This program explores music by a young Handel, his teachers, and his contemporaries, including:
  • Nicolaus Adam Strungk (1640-1700)
  • Johann Philipp Krieger (1649-1725)
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow (1663-1712)
  • Johann Schelle (1648-1701)
  • Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)
  • Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
  • Alessandro Stradella (1644-1682)
  • Agostino Steffani (1653-1728)
  • Giovanni Bononcini (1670-1747)
  • George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)[/tab] [/tabcontent] [/tabs]

An American ensemble dedicated to the music of the Baroque