Musical Transformations ~ Santa Cruz Baroque Festival 2022

Our 49th season
Spring 2022
Linda Burman-Hall, Artistic Director

 

Musical Transformations ~
our 49th season
 

I.
Love & Lust
Saturday February 5th 7:30pm
UCSC Music Recital Hall
Elizabeth Hungerford, soprano
Andrew Arceci, lyra viol

 

Join us for the triumphal return of the pure soprano voice from London that inspired standing ovations at her previous Baroque Festival performances, now with her phenomenal accompanist playing the rare lyra viol, chordal viola da gamba. An on-site meet-the artists reception follows for donors and season ticket holders.

 

II.
From Hotteterre to Hot Jazz
Sunday February 27th 5:00pm
Peace United Church
Lars Johannesson & Alissa Roedig, Baroque flutes
Linda Burman-Hall, harpsichord
Erik Andersen, viol
Nina Treadwell, theorbo
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Paul Contos, Jazz Flute and Sax
Dale Mills, clarinet
Ned Boynton, guitar
Joe Dolister, bass
 

In the early 18th Century, when Jacques-Martin Hotteterre – the foremost member of a great French dynasty of woodwind instrument makers, performers, and composers – revealed his secrets on how to play and improvise fluently on France’s most popular instrument, the wooden flute, he was effectively handing over the keys to social success through musical savoir-faire. Two to three centuries later, Jazz improvisation requires a highly sophisticated navigation of African-American rhythms and European-descended harmonies, and the most imaginative masters are worshipped for their skills. Our concert explores how Baroque and Jazz artists work their own improvisational languages from the same foundations.
 

III.
Bach Organ Transformations
Sunday March 20th 4:00pm
Peace United Church
Vlada Moran, solo Pipe Organ

 

J. S. Bach learned by copying and arranging the works of all those composers he admired and wished to emulate. Especially he valued the Italian works that he could borrow (or steal) from the library of his elder brother. Come hear treasures by Marcello, Vivaldi and unknown masters that Bach delighted in playing on organ as models for his own work.

 

IV.
Scarlatti: Spanish Folk to Classical
Sunday April 10th 3:00pm
UCSC Music Recital Hall
Lillian Gordis, solo Harpsichords

 

Based in Paris, the American virtuoso harpsichordist Lillian Gordis is quickly building an international reputation as an interpreter of the works of Scarlatti, the Italian composer-performer commanded to follow Princess Maria Barbara da Bragança at the time of her 1720 marriage into the Spanish court. The result 555 amazing sonatas for harpsichord solo, many of them based on folkloric Spanish material Scarlatti heard as various delegations visited his royal pupil.

 

V.
Transformed Bach
Sunday April 24th 3:00pm
UCSC Music Recital Hall
Alissa Roedig, Baroque flute
Edwin Huizinga & Grijda Spiri, Baroque violins
Erik Andersen, viol & Baroque ‘cello
Linda Burman-Hall, Harpsichord, Director
 

Eventually all sound-streams lead to Bach, whose name in German literally does mean ‘stream’, the joining of cooperating currents flowing confidently and with force. Our concert takes place in candlelight, while the metaphorical light we shine on familiar works is quite new. Expect to hear Bach with new ears. Perhaps the most famous Bach organ work, the D Minor Toccata and Fugue, known for more than 250 years as an organ work, is heard now as it might have been conceived, as a work for unaccompanied violin. An on-site meet-the-artists reception follows for donors and season ticket holders.

 
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All concerts are accessible. A pre-concert talk that is free to all ticket-holders begins 45 minutes prior to concert time at a location close to the concert hall.

 

Concerts I and V are followed by Meet-the-Artist receptions on-site for all season-ticket holders, also inviting all vaccinated donors and sponsors to come party with us.

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