New York, NY—Baryshnikov Arts Center presents eminent Catalan viol player and conductor Jordi Savall, Visiting Artist in Juilliard’s Historical Performance Program, leading Juilliard415 in a program featuring some of the most distinctive compositional voices of the 17th century. Along with Robert Johnson’s The Masque of Oberon, The Winter’s Tale, and The Witch, the concert will include the music that Matthew Locke wrote for a 1674 revival of The Tempest, which contains a depiction of Prospero’s storm and the ensuing calm. The second half of the program features music from Henry Purcell’s semi-opera, The Fairy Queen, written as entr’acte music for Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The individual movements of Johnson, Locke, and Purcell will be knit together by readings from Shakespeare by Juilliard Drama Division actors, taken from Robert Schumann’s anthology of Shakespearean texts relating to music (Dichtergarten für Musik). The seven 2nd-year actors from the Juilliard Drama Division participating in the program are: Paton Ashbrook, David Corenswet, Patrick Graves, Hannes Otto, J.J. Jeter, Jasminn Johnson, and Matt Malloy.
The guest concertmaster for the program will be German-Argentine violinist Manfredo Kraemer. Mr. Kraemer was one of the founders of Concerto Köln, and from 1986-1991, was a member of Musica Antiqua Köln. He frequently performs with Mr. Savall and others.
The concert takes place on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 8 PM in the Baryshnikov Arts Center’s Jerome Robbins Theater (450 West 37th Street, NYC). Tickets are $35/orchestra and $25/ balcony and available at www.bacnyc.org or by calling 866-811-4111.
The group repeats the same program on the Miami Beach Society’s series on Wednesday, February 26 at 8 PM at the Miami Beach Community Church. For more information, visit miamibachsociety.org.
About Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall is an exceptional figure in today’s music world. For more than thirty years he has been devoted to the rediscovery and performance of neglected musical treasures as a soloist and director of his three ensembles. He has restored an essential repertoire to all those with ears to hear it. Except for the “happy few” who already revere it, the viola da gamba, is an instrument so refined that it takes us to the very brink of silence. Through three ensembles – Hespèrion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations, all founded together with Montserrat Figueras – Jordi Savall has explored and fashioned a universe of emotions and beauty, presenting it to audiences everywhere and to millions of music lovers, and thus bringing recognition to the viola da gamba and to music from here and elsewhere that had fallen into oblivion, all of which has earned him a place as one of the foremost champions of early music. One of the most multifariously gifted musicians of his generation, his career as a concert performer, teacher, researcher and creator of new projects, both musical and cultural, make him one of the principal architects of the current revaluation of historical music. With his key contribution to Alain Corneau’s film Tous les Matins du Monde (winner of a César best-soundtrack award), his busy concert life (more than 140 concerts a year) and recording schedule (6 recordings a year), and with the creation of his own record label Alia Vox, he is demonstrating that early music does not have to be elitist: it can arouse interest in everyone, its audience being ever younger and ever stronger in numbers. Jordi Savall has recorded more than 170 CDs. He has won many awards, most recently his double CD Don Quijote de la Mancha, Romances y Músicas won him a prize in the “early music” category, and it was also selected as “2006 Record of the Year” by Gramophone magazine. That CD was among the five nominees for the 2006 Grammy® Awards 2006 in Los Angeles. Jordi Savall has been appointed Intercultural Ambassador as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 which has as its slogan “Together in diversity” as well as an “Artist for the Peace” in the good will Ambassador’s program of the UNESCO.
Since its founding in 2009, Juilliard415, the School’s principal period-instrument ensemble, has received critical praise for its performances of both rare and canonical works of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble, which takes its name from the pitch commonly accepted for the performance of Baroque music (A=415), performs a wide range of repertoire in a number of different guises. Depending on the repertoire, the ensemble performs with as few as four or five players for intimate chamber music programs, to as many as 30 for major cornerstones of the repertoire, most often directed by distinguished resident and guest artists. Juilliard415 has performed with distinguished musicians such as William Christie, Ton Koopman, Harry Bicket (in a fully-staged production of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea), Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and Monica Huggett. In April 2011, the ensemble was engaged to accompany David Daniels and Dorothea Röschmann in a concert of Handel arias and duets at Carnegie Hall. Members of Juilliard415 have twice been featured as in-studio guests on WQXR-FM, New York Public Radio, and have participated with musicians from Les Arts Florissants and the Jardin des voix in Dans les jardin de William Christie, his summer festival in Thiré, France. Touring has become an important component of Juilliard415’s profile. In a collaborative concert with Juilliard Baroque, the ensemble traveled to Spain for a sold-out performance of the complete “Brandenburg” Concertos at the Auditorio Nacional in Madrid. In 2011, Juilliard415 performed Bach’s St. Matthew Passion on tour in Italy in a joint concert project with Yale University’s Institute of Sacred Music led by Masaaki Suzuki. This past season, the ensemble teamed up again with Yale and Maestro Suzuki for Bach’s B-Minor Mass, with performances in New York, New Haven, the Virginia Arts Festival, and on tour in Tokyo, Kyoto, Sendai, and Singapore. During the 2012-13 school year, Juilliard415 also performed Handel’s Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno with William Christie (named as one of the 10 best of the season by the New York Times), an all-Mozart program with fortepiano specialist Christoph Hammer in his Juilliard debut, an all-Rameau concert with Robert Mealy, and a performance of early German orchestral works with Jordi Savall at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center, among many other engagements. The 2013-14 season brings return visits from William Christie for Charpentier’s Actéon, Jordi Savall for a program of suites by Robert Johnson, Henry Purcell and Matthew Locke, Nicholas McGegan in a program of music from the courts of Dresden and Berlin, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 1 with Monica Huggett, and Richard Egarr in his Juilliard debut conducting Handel and Purcell. A centerpiece of Juilliard415’s programming in 2013-14 includes the rare opportunity to hear both Bach Passions in successive months. Along with performances in New York, the ensemble will be presented by the Miami Bach Society and the Virginia Arts Festival.
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Jordi Savall, director
Manfredo Kraemer, concertmaster
Juilliard Drama Division Actors
Monday, February 24, 2014, 8 PM
Baryshnikov Arts Center, Jerome Robbins Theater (450 West 37th Street, NYC)
Stage Music in the Plays of William Shakespeare
Music by Robert Johnson, Matthew Locke, and Henry Purcell
Readings of scenes from Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, Macbeth, The Tempest, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Robert JOHNSON Jacobean Masque and Stage Music (1600-12)
The Masque of Oberon, The Winter’s Tale and The Witch
Matthew LOCKE Music for The Tempest (1674)
Henry PURCELL The Fairy Queen (after A Midsummer Night’s Dream) (1692)
Tickets are $35/orchestra and $25/balcony and available at www.bacnyc.org or by calling 866-811-4111.