Rosmene's Choice Returns!
Saturday, September 16, 3 PM Dweck Cultural Center, BPL
Sunday, September 17, 3 PM Crotona Park Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 23, 3 PM Campos Community Garden
Sunday, September 24, 12 PM Bedford Central Church
If you missed Opera Essentia's distillation of Handel's Imeneo last spring, here are four more performances to choose from, including one at the Brooklyn Public Library's acclaimed Dweck Cultural Center. For more information: https://www.operaessentia.org/
Brooklyn Baroque at Midtown Concerts
Thursday, October 12, 1;15 PM St. Malachy's Church
Telemann in Paris
In his autobiography, Telemann recounts his visit to Paris and names the musicians who played his music. This concert will recreate his experience with pieces by Telemann’s colleagues Michel Blavet, Jean-Pierre Guignon, and Jean-Baptiste Forqueray, as well as Telemann’s own Nouveau Quatuor No. 4 in B Minor. To watch the livestream: https://www.gemsny.org/current-season/117-midtown-concerts/2023-2024-season/948-oct-12-2023
Friday, November 3, 7 PM St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church
As part of a celebration of the 400th anniversary of Byrd's death, I will perform some of William Byrd’s most popular fantasies, dances, and keyboard variations, including Will You Walk the Woods So Wild, thePavana Bray, and his monumental Fantasia from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book (FVB 52), as well as some that are performed less often, including the Gypsie’s Round. She will play two different instruments: an Italian virginal after Pisaurensis and a Flemish muselar after Ruckers — both built in Brooklyn by Garrick Dolberg. Admission $20/15 students & seniors, cash or venmo at the door.
Brooklyn Baroque at The Old Stone House
Friday, December 1, 7 PM The Old Stone House
Brooklyn Baroque will be starting a new series at the historic Old Stone House in Park Slope on December 1 at 7 PM, with festive seasonal music, including pieces by Handel, Telemann, LeClair, and others. Featured performers for the December concert will be Melanie Williams, flute; Andrew Koutroubas, cello; Rebecca Pechefsky, harpsichord; with a special guest appearance by Jeffrey Mandelbaum, countertenor. Admission is $25, cash or Venmo, and a holiday reception will follow the 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: