Alcide al bivio
Apr
22
7:30pm 7:30pm

Alcide al bivio

The Harvard Early Music Society The Harvard Early Music Society is excited to present the Boston premiere of J.A. Hasse’s opera Alcide al bivio (“Hercules at the Crossroads”) in collaboration with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. 

Written in 1760, but performed only once in the United States, Alcide al bivio is a festa teatrale that represents a period of innovation for late baroque opera. The rich orchestration, extensive accompanied recitatives, and climactic choruses that Hasse employs in this work anticipate the dramatic operatic writing of his most renowned successors, including Gluck and Mozart. Set to a libretto by Metastasio, the opera tells the coming of age story of the young hero, Alcide. Warned by his tutor, Fronimo, that his father, Zeus, has prepared a test for him, Alcide stumbles upon a crossroads and realizes that he must choose between two opposing paths. The goddess Edonide woos Alcide, attempting to seduce him into following the path toward pleasure, while the goddess Aretea urges Alcide to instead embark on the path toward virtue. Accustomed to relying upon his unparalleled strength and bravery to succeed, Alcide struggles to surmount this challenge with the power of reason alone.

Elias Miller ‘16, executive director and conductor
Christopher Grills, music director
Emily Bishai ‘17, stage director and producer
Erin Olivieri ‘19, producer

Maddie Studt ‘16, mezzo
Andy Troska ‘17, tenor
Charlotte McKechnie ‘15, soprano
Samantha Harrison, soprano

The opera will be sung in Italian with projected titles. 

Friday, April 21st, 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 22nd, 7:30 pm

First Church, Cambridge, 11 Garden St

$5 student admission
$10 general admission

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Alcide al bivio
Apr
21
7:30pm 7:30pm

Alcide al bivio

The Harvard Early Music Society The Harvard Early Music Society is excited to present the Boston premiere of J.A. Hasse’s opera Alcide al bivio (“Hercules at the Crossroads”) in collaboration with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. 

Written in 1760, but performed only once in the United States, Alcide al bivio is a festa teatrale that represents a period of innovation for late baroque opera. The rich orchestration, extensive accompanied recitatives, and climactic choruses that Hasse employs in this work anticipate the dramatic operatic writing of his most renowned successors, including Gluck and Mozart. Set to a libretto by Metastasio, the opera tells the coming of age story of the young hero, Alcide. Warned by his tutor, Fronimo, that his father, Zeus, has prepared a test for him, Alcide stumbles upon a crossroads and realizes that he must choose between two opposing paths. The goddess Edonide woos Alcide, attempting to seduce him into following the path toward pleasure, while the goddess Aretea urges Alcide to instead embark on the path toward virtue. Accustomed to relying upon his unparalleled strength and bravery to succeed, Alcide struggles to surmount this challenge with the power of reason alone.

Elias Miller ‘16, executive director and conductor
Christopher Grills, music director
Emily Bishai ‘17, stage director and producer
Erin Olivieri ‘19, producer

Maddie Studt ‘16, mezzo
Andy Troska ‘17, tenor
Charlotte McKechnie ‘15, soprano
Samantha Harrison, soprano

The opera will be sung in Italian with projected titles. 

$5 student admission
$10 general admission

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Telemann And Bach: A Musical Friendship
Apr
9
7:00pm 7:00pm

Telemann And Bach: A Musical Friendship

Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann, with a focus on his stylistic diversity and his abiding ties with the entire Bach family. 

Telemann: Suite “La Bizarre” TWV 55:G2

JS Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe, BWV 1060R

   Sarah Darling, violin, and Fiona Last, oboe

CPE Bach: Symphony in B Minor, Wq 182/5

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Telemann: Recorder Concerto TWV 51:F1

   Martin Bernstein, recorder

JS Bach: Orchestral Suite no. 1, BWV 1066

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Chamber music concert
Mar
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Chamber music concert

Come join members of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra on March 26 for an evening of chamber music! This year marks the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann's death, and there are few things that baroque musicians love more than celebrating dead composers. So in anticipation of our full orchestral concert in April, which honors Telemann and some of his surprisingly famous god-children (google it), members of HBCO have formed smaller chamber groups to present music both by and inspired by GPT. Telemann's ridiculously prolific career took him all across Europe, and he influenced and was influenced by many styles and people - ranging from Polish counts to Neapolitan diplomats to the musicians in his home court of Hamburg. Join us as we follow him across Europe!

Telemann: Paris Quartet in G Minor
Ethan Lin, Perry Emerson Saskia Keller, Christopher Grills

Bach: Trio sonata in G Major, BWV 1038
Martin Bernstein, Danilo Bonina, Andrew Koutroubas, Christopher Grills

Telemann: Concerto in C
Ken Allen, Veronica Koven-Matasy, Jayme Kurland, Hayley Murks-Abdikadirova

Berberi: Trio sonata
Nelli Jabotinsky, William Joo, Benjamin Rechel, Albano Berberi

CPE Bach: Trio in C Major, Wq 149
Sarah Paysnick, Sarah Darling, Christopher Grills

Bach: Ermuntre dich, der Heiland klopft (BWV 180)
Andy Troska, Perry Emerson, Phoebe Carrai, Christopher Grills

Bach: Die Seele ruht in Jesu Händen (BWV 127)
Emily Bishai, Perry Emerson, Adam Buttyan, Shishi Zhou, Phoebe Carrai, Christopher Grills

Telemann: Wer ist, der dort von Edom kommt
Fred Metzger, Shishi Zhou, Phoebe Carrai, Christopher Grills

Gabrieli: Duo
Christopher Chen, Adam Frim

Telemann: Concerto in D
Shishi Zhou, Selena Zhang, Nader Shayegh, Hallie Smith

Telemann: Canonic Sonata in D Minor
Abigail Swidler, Sarah Darling

Cazzati: Chaconne
Emily Hale, Danilo Bonina, Andrew Koutroubas, Albano Berberi
 

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Spring Concert: All Bach
Apr
17
4:00pm 4:00pm

Spring Concert: All Bach

Our spring concert features four iconic works of Johann Sebastian Bach: 

Sinfonia from Cantata no. 29, feat. Thomas Sheehan, organ

Magnificat

Singet dem Herrn

The Ascension Oratorio: "Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen"

In collaboration with the Harvard University Choir

Edward Elwyn Jones, conductor

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Chamber music concert
Apr
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chamber music concert

Harvard Baroque presents its annual chamber music concert! Works of J.S. Bach (the Art of Fugue and a Goldberg Variations arrangement) interspersed with other German, French, and American offerings by Buxtehude, Biber, de la Guerre, Rosenmueller, and Harvard Baroque violinist Albano Berberi. 

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20th Anniversary Concert
Nov
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

20th Anniversary Concert

Harvard Baroque is turning 20 - and we're inviting everyone back to join the party! Former directors Robert Mealy and Murray Forbes Somerville will join Phoebe Carrai, Sarah Darling, and Edward Jones for a massive evening of extreme beauty. 

  • Handel: Overture to “Semele”
  • JS Bach: Concerto for Two Violins (feat. Robert Mealy and Sarah Darling)
  • Marais: Suite from “Semele”
  • Corelli: Concerto Grosso no. 1
  • Monteverdi: Beatus Vir
  • Purcell: Welcome to all the Pleasures
  • Vivaldi: Concerto “Alla Rustica”
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