The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble will commemorate the joys and sorrows of the Easter season with its Baroque Holy Week concerts on March 29, 30 and 31 in the historic Loretto Chapel. Led by concertmaster Stephen Redfield, the ensemble will perform the music of J.S. Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi, featuring guest soloists contralto Avery Amereau (“sensual and achingly perfect” – The New York Times) and Gonzalo X. Ruiz (“baroque oboist extraordinaire” – Magnatune).
Thursday, March 29 at 7:30pm
Friday, March 30 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 31 at 6pm
207 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501
CORELLI Trio Sonata in E Minor for Two Violins, Cello and Organ, Op. 2, No. 4
BACH Concerto in F Major for Oboe and Strings, BWV 1053R
VIVALDI “La Follia” in D Minor for Two Violins and Cello and Organ
BACH Cantata No. 170 for Voice, Oboe and Strings, “Vergnüte Ruh” (Contented Rest)
*Avery Amereau, contralto
Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe
With the Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble
Stephen Redfield and David Felberg, violin
Gail Robertson, viola
James Holland, cello
David Solem, organ
ABOUT THE MUSIC
Prior to the 17th century, instrumental music was largely relegated to dance halls or as accompaniments to vocal music. ARCANGELO CORELLI (1653-1713) took the bold step of freeing instrumental music from its dance roots and vocal dependency, and opened the doors to an instrumental revolution that ultimately produced the great classical music forms of the symphony, concerto and sonata. Hear one of the first evolutionary steps in Corelli’s Trio Sonata in E Minor for Two Violins, Cello and Organ, Op. 2, No. 4.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) often recycled his music and adapted it to fit other concert situations. He went beyond merely modifying these pieces and exquisitely transformed them. Bach’s Oboe Concerto, BWV 1053R is one such work, masterfully restructured from one of his harpsichord concertos.
ANTONIO VIVALDI (1678-1741) wrote a virtuoso set of variations, “La Follia”, that cover an array of musical games, arguments and conversations between two violins, cello and keyboard. For the theme, Vivaldi selected a popular tune of the day, La Follia, that has roots going back to 15th century Portugal. Many other composers have used this same tune, including Handel, Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Beethoven.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750) wrote over 200 cantatas; multi-movement works for voice and instruments that are usually based on religious texts. Cantatas include recitatives that describe the action, and arias that dwell on the emotional impact of the text. In Bach’s Cantata No. 170, “Vergnüte Ruh” (Contented Rest) he explores the longing to surrender one’s transgressions in order to find inner peace.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Look for our next eblast to learn more about our guest soloists.