to La Follia
Based in Austin, Texas, we perform music from the time of Bach, Vivaldi, and Mozart. We use instruments and performances practices appropriate to the period, so you experience the music exactly as the composers experienced it. We strive to entertain, enlighten, and inspire.
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April 5-6, 2014
17th Century Masterworks from Eastern Europe
La Follia performs religious and secular music from the historic Kroměříž collection, compiled by Karl II von Liechtenstein-Kastelkorn from 1664-1695 in what is now the Czech Republic. Guest violinist and Kroměříž scholar Mimi Mitchell joins an exotic La Follia ensemble of voices, strings, trombones, organ, harpsichord, and theorbo performing works by Vejvanovsky, Kerll, Biber, Bertali, Poglietti, Rittler and others.
Earlier in the week, La Follia will perform this concert for the Annual Meeting of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music in San Antonio. We are eager to share this wondrous music with Austin audiences.
American Roots: Music of the Moravians
At the time of the American War of Independence, the most sophisticated music making in America, by European standards, was unquestionably in the Moravian enclaves in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and Salem, North Carolina. The Moravians were passionate about music. Besides being fully accomplished in the performance of music of European masters such as Haydn, they composed and performed beautiful and sophisticated pieces in that style that astonished Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.
In addition to fine works for strings and anthems for choirs, you will enchanted by the unique Moravian tradition of the trombone choir, under the direction of Dr. Nathaniel Brickens.
La Follia's first concert exploring American music from the time of the Revolution won an Austin Chronicle award for one of the top 10 Classical Music treasures in 2012. We promise this installment to be equally amazing.
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