Handel’s Orlando in the Garden
September 23-24, 6 PM, Herbert Von King Park and Campos Community Garden
We are reprising our distilled version of Handel’s Orlando for two performances: Friday, September 23 at Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn and Saturday, September 24 in Campos Community Garden, where we performed in the spring. Both performances begin at 6 PM. For more information: https://www.gemsny.org/events/opera-essentia
Brooklyn Baroque at Midtown Concerts
September 29, 1:15 PM, St. Malachy’s Church, Midtown Manhattan
For this concert, David Bakamjian and I will be joined by the wonderful baroque flutist Melanie Williams for a program entitled “Peace & War: Music from the German Courts,” with pieces by J. S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Quantz, and Richter. The concert will be in person and live-streamed from beautiful St. Malachy’s Church. For more information: https://www.gemsny.org/current-season/117-midtown-concerts/2022-2023-season/843-sep-29-2022
Roslyn Young Memorial Concert
October 9, 4 PM, First Congregational Church, Madison, CT
This year’s concert honoring the memory of violist Roslyn Young will feature an all-Vivaldi program. The Roslyn Young Memorial (RYM) was established by the family of Roslyn Young to honor her memory and love of music by presenting an annual classical music concert in the Guilford, Connecticut area.
For more information: https://roslynyoungmemorial.org/annual-concert/
Brooklyn Baroque debuted in the fall of 2000, when cellist David Bakamjian joined the long-standing duo of Baroque flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky. Remaining core members Pechefsky and Bakamjian now collaborate with the finest early-music specialists in the New York area. Some artists they have worked with recently are sopranos Linda Lee Jones and Marguerite Krull, tenor Philip Anderson, bass-baritones Jonathan Woody and Michael Maliakel, recorder players Martin Bernstein and Gregory Bynum, violinists Jeremy Rhizor, Theresa Salomon, and Jude Ziliak, flutist Taya König-Tarasevich, oboist Sarah Davol, and the New York Classical Quartet. The ensemble is in residence at the 1765 Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house.
Brooklyn Baroque Returns to Morris-Jumel Mansion for the Annual Holiday Concert
For this concert Brooklyn Baroque was joined by violinist Jude Ziliak. Covid protocols were observed and a good time was had by all!
Tribute to Violinist Judson Griffin
In this Telemann Quartet from a performance at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Brooklyn, NY (the last joint concert with Brooklyn Baroque and the New York Classical Quartet) shows the magnificent artistry of the late Judson Griffin.
Brooklyn Baroque’s Cellist David Bakamjian
Cellist David Bakamjian performs regularly as a recitalist, chamber player, and recording artist. He has played at New York’s premier concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, and has appeared on National Public Radio and WQXR. On baroque cello, he performs with a number of period instrument ensembles in the New York area, including the American Classical Orchestra, Early Music New York, Concert Royal, and the Long Island Baroque Ensemble. Mr. Bakamjian has appeared as soloist with numerous orchestras on both baroque and modern cello, and has served as principal cellist for many others. With the Casa Verde Trio, Mr. Bakamjian completed six critically-acclaimed national tours as well as a month-long tour of China. He co-wrote and is featured in Evocations of Armenia, a program for solo cello and spoken word specially conceived for the Metropolitan Museum in New York. In August 2011 he and Rebecca Pechefsky of Brooklyn Baroque performed at the Villa Monteverdi in Tuscany, Italy. He taught cello and chamber music at Lehigh University for eight years and is the director of the Princeton Play Week chamber music workshops and of the Summer String-In, where he performs with the Simon String Quartet. David earned his BA at Yale University, where he studied with Aldo Parisot, and his doctorate at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he studied cello with Timothy Eddy and chamber music with Bernard Greenhouse. His newest recording with Brooklyn Baroque is a program of Boismortier sonatas for cello.
François Couperin’s Huitième Ordre
Couperin’s 8th Suite is considered by many to be his finest suite for solo harpsichord. I recorded this video using the superb acoustics at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Special thanks to music director Michael Fontana, as always, for making these recordings possible!
Premiere Recording of Antonio Soler’s Epic Fugue
For other Soler sonatas, including some also newly recorded from the Morgan Library & Museum recently acquired manuscript, to the Quill Classics Soler Playlist:
Mark Janello’s Concerto for Two
With my frequent duet partner and good friend Elaine Funaro for a video of Mark Janello’s sparkling duo, Concerto For Two, which we premiered in Montreal in 2015. Elaine commissioned the work for the Aliénor Harpsichord Composition Competition.
Bach’s Partita No. 5
We recorded Bach’s 5th Partita back in December 2010, but here it is, re-released with hitherto unseen movements. This was recorded at my own Redeemer Glendale Church.
Krebs’s Italian Concerto
Johann Ludwig Krebs’s sparkling concerto in the Italian style, reminiscent of Bach’s Italian Concerto but with Krebs’s own distinctive touches. My video recording might be the first complete recorded performance on harpsichord.
For more Krebs recordings, go to the Quill Classics Krebs Playlist:
Thomas Morley's Fantasia
Morley's magnificent Fantasia, recorded on my Flemish muselar after Ruckers, built by Garrick Dolberg. Other recordings of Elizabethan keyboard music can be found on the Quill Classics Elizabethan Keyboard Music Playlist: