Penn State Baroque Ensemble presents 'The Glory of the Baroque' on March 23

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Baroque Ensemble will perform a full concert in Esber Recital Hall at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 23. The ensemble's program, "The Glory of the Baroque: Love and War - Music from England, Italy and Austria," features arias by George Friderich Handel performed by Penn State voice faculty member Ted Christopher, as well as a double concerto by Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi with Penn State student cellists Kylla Murphy and Lucas Canada.

The Baroque Ensemble specializes in performing European music of the Baroque era on historical instruments, recreating the music as it might have sounded at the time it was written, according to the most recent scholarly research into historical performance. Penn State music librarian and harpsichordist Amanda Maple assists. The Baroque Ensemble is directed by Robert Nairn. Admission is free.

Program

Sinfonia in G from "Il Coro della Muse," RV 149 -- Antonio Vivaldi

Concerto Grosso in G Major, Op. 6 No. 1, HWV 319 -- George Friderich Handel

Ombra mai fu (from Serse, HWV 40) -- Handel (with Ted Christopher, baritone)

Concerto Grosso in C Minor, Op. 2 No. 1 -- Francesco Geminiani

 Dalla guerra amorosa HWV 102a -- George Friderich Handel (with Ted Christopher, baritone)

Concerto Grosso in F, Op. 6 No. 6 -- Arcangelo Corelli

Concerto for Two Celli in G Minor, RV 531 -- Antonio Vivaldi (with Kylla Murphy and Lucas Canada, celli)

Battalia à 9, for 3 violins, 4 violas, 2 violone, and continuo  -- Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber

The Penn State Baroque Ensemble is the newest of the University's performing ensembles. A mixture of faculty and string students, it is dedicated to the historically accurate performance of music from the Baroque period. Rehearsals reinforce Baroque performance, ensemble techniques and stylistic interpretation. The ensemble is regularly coached and directed by leading early music groups and performers from Europe and America, such as the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the King's Consort, Florilegium and Modern Musik. The Baroque Ensemble performs two concerts a semester both on and off campus. It is open to all students, regardless of major, by audition.

Last Updated March 24, 2014