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Quicksilver: “Fantasticus: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th-century Germany"

Friday, Jan. 15
Saturday, Jan. 16


2015-16 International Series Concerts

Friday, Jan 15 • 7:30pm • St James by-the-Sea, La Jolla
Saturday, Jan 16 • 7:30pm • Sts Constantine & Helen, Cardiff

Quicksilver: “Fantasticus: Extravagant and Virtuosic Music from 17th-century Germany”

QuicksilverLed by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver brings together some of the leading historically informed performers in America today. The chamber music of 17th century Germany reflects the upheavals of the time: from wars of religion and politics, to famine and plague, it was a time of ongoing crisis. Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, those writing in the “stylus Fantasticus” explored the sonata as an abstract form of wordless conversation, giving free reign to whatever their imagination suggested. Quicksilver’s recording of this program was one of New Yorker’s top ten CDs in 2014; come and hear it for yourself.

  • Music by Weckmann, Rosenmüller, Vierdanck, Bertali, Kerll, and Schmeltzer.

"Enlightening...the audience was on its feet cheering and hooting as if it were at a rock show” - New York Times

Sunday, Feb 21 • 3pm • Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College
Lina Tur Bonnet, Violin Kenneth Weiss, Harpsichord: “La Petite Merveille & The Red Priest”

Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre is one of the few women front-rank composers of the French Baroque.  Lisa Tur Bonet and Kenneth Weiss explore her underplayed music for violin and keyboard, as well as sonatas by Vivaldi, and solo harpsichord works by Marchand and Scarlatti.

Bonnet and Weiss

“These performers have found the right approach to [the de la Guerre] sonatas and this has resulted in highly satisfying and captivating performances.” – MusicWeb International

Sunday, Mar 13 • 7:30pm • St James by-the-Sea, La Jolla
Baltimore Consort : “The Food of Love: Songs for Shakespeare”

Baltimore ConsortFor those of us who love the works of Shakespeare, his sonnets and his plays, the ever-popular Baltimore Consort is offering a festive celebration of his life, marking the 400th anniversary of the death of the bard. The Baltimore Consort has created a fitting commemoration of this revered icon of literature, drawing on references from Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer’s Night’s Dream and As You Like It.

“Few early music players have more fun making music than the Baltimore six…” – The New Yorker

Sunday, Apr 3 • 3pm • Performing Arts Theatre at Cuyamaca College
Dorothee Oberlinger, Recorder; Florian Birsak, Harpsichord; Marco Testori, Cello:
Il Flauto Veneziano

Il Flauto VenezianoJourney with us to Venice for an evening of recorder music by Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello, and other Baroque masters. Dorothee Oberlinger, joined by Florian Birsak and Marco Testori, demonstrate the evolution of Venetian recorder playing from transcribed song to virtuoso sonata.

“Oberlinger plays with dazzling virtuosity and sportive caprice which lend charm to each and every one of the pieces.”  - BBC Music Magazine

Monday, Apr 18 • 7:30pm • St James by-the-Sea, La Jolla
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, Director: "The Tears of Saint Peter"

Philippe HerrewegheMaking their debut for SDEMS, we are proud to present one of the most acclaimed vocal ensembles in Europe. The seven singers of Collegium Vocale Gent, directed by Philippe Herreweghe, will perform the Lagrime di San Pietro by Orlande de Lassus. Written in 1594, the Lagrime is a series of twenty madrigali spirituali with a concluding motet, and represents the summit of Lassus’ art.

  • Orlande de Lassus: “Lagrime di San Pietro”

“Philippe Herreweghe and his Collegium Vocale Gent offer the most sonorous, vocally vibrant versions of these works, with taut ensemble and a natural, unforced symmetry among melody, rhythm, tempo, and text.” – David Vernier, ClassicsToday

Friday • October 23, 2015 • 7:30 pm St. James by-the-Sea
New York Baroque Incorporated and Monica Huggett: “Die Alte Schule”

NY BaroqueNew York Baroque Incorporated is a conductor-less orchestra of young players performing on period instruments, focusing on vital, informed, and fresh performances of a wide range of 17th and 18th-century repertoire.  Monica Huggett leads New York Baroque Incorporated with Sara Mackimmie, soprano,  Sara Couden, alto, Owen Mclntosh, tenor and Jonathan Woody, bass, in a soulful program of cantatas by Telemann, J. C. and J. S. Bach, which makes the subject of death ever so beautiful. Also on the program is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.

  • Telemann: Cantata “Du Aber Daniel, gehe hin
  • JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 6
  • Johann Christoph Bach: “Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte”
  • JS Bach: Actus Tragicus BWV 106

“Monica Huggett plays as to the manor born....” – Gramophone

Friday, November 13, 2015, 7:30 pm, St. James by-the-Sea
Amarcord: “Restless Love”

ArmacordFrom the madrigals of the sixteenth century, through romantic part songs by Mendelssohn and Schumann, to a selection of international folksongs, amarcord, founded in 1992 and comprised of five former Thomaskirche choir members, deliver a varied and exciting program.  amarcord’s hallmarks include a unique tone, breathtaking homogeneity, musical authenticity, and a good dose of charm and humor.

  • Renaissance madrigals by Gastoldi, Gabrieli, Gesualdo Schütz Orlande di LassoMarenzio and Willaert.
  • Songs by Schumann, Steinacker and Mendelssohn.

They were …impeccable in balance and blend, the five voices like a five-stringed instrument, identical in all but range.” – The Irish Times