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Saturday, November 20, 2010
BaroQue Across the River - Elegance and Extravagance
Brooklyn, New York-based early music ensemble BaroQue Across the River will perform “Elegance & Extravagance: Cantatas and Solos from France & Italy” on December 3-4, 2010 in New York City. The December 3 concert will be held at 7:30pm at Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn (718.643.4608); The December 4, 8:00pm concert will be held at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, in Manhattan (914.633.0758). Tickets are $20.00 (suggested donation) at door for both concerts.
Two rival styles dominated European music in the late 17th – early 18th Century — the delicate and demure French style favored elegant melodies in contrast to the more passionate, virtuosic and extravagant style of Italian music. In “Elegance & Extravagance: Cantatas and Solos from France & Italy” BaroQue Across the River offers selections of this exuberant contrast with music by Rameau, Clérambault, Scarlatti, Couperin, and Vivaldi.
(Thanks to Peter McDowell Arts for help with this post.)
Known for their sensitive performance of chamber music, Kathleen McDonald, flute, and Pasquale Bianculli, guitar, met while students at Stony Brook University in New York. As a duo, they have toured throughout Canada, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. Among their concerts have been appearances at New York’s Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, and Lincoln Center Library for the Performing Arts. They toured Europe in 1998 performing in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and France. The duo had the honor of playing music for a 1978 New York master class by the legendary mime artist, Marcel Marceau. Pat and Kathy taught at the Jamaica School of Music in Kingston, Jamaica W.I., and performed throughout the island in schools, churches, hotels and on radio and TV in 1990. Kathy directs “BaroQue Across the River”, an ensemble that plays concerts in historical settings around the New York region. She is a student of Samuel Baron and Sandra Miller and has performed in master classes with Marcel Moyse. Pat is Adjunct Professor of Guitar at Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus and Guitar Instructor at the United Nations International School.