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January 3, 2014 at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas (map)
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January 4, 2014 at 8pm
First Presbyterian Church
8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas (map)
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$25 General / $20 Senior / $10 Student
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In Bryan, Texas
January 5, 2014 
 at 7pm
First Presbyterian Church
1100 Carter Creek Parkway, Bryan, Texas (map)
This concert is free,
courtesy of Concerts on Carter Creek

 

 

 

 

Bach's Herd of Harpsichords IV

La Follia offers this fourth installment in this enormously popular series, featuring the quintessential baroque instrument: the harpsichord.  We begin  as always with a fine Bach concerto for solo harpsichord.  But then we turn our attention to works written for harpsichord and orchestra from the 20th century.  Don't worry!  This is not "stiff stuff", but highly listenable, very enjoyable music which will surprise and delight you.  JiMin Kim and Jeffrey-Jones Ragona join director Keith Womer on harpsichord.  David Stevens, tenor, and Marcus McGuff, flute, also guest star.

There will be a lecture 20 minutes before curtain. Keith Womer will talk about the the harpsichord, demonstrate how it makes its unique sound, and show the differences between types of harpsichords.

Interest in the harpsichord died around 1800.  However, in the mid-20th century, it was re-discovered and embraced to a degree that many classical music lovers will find surprising. We shine a spotlight on this splendid revival music.  Featured are a fine concertino for harpsichord and strings by Walter Leigh (a contemporary of Vaughan Williams); the famous Elizabethan Songs by Dominic Argento, sung by David Stevens in the chamber music version with harpsichord that Argento preferred; an art song by Jake Heggie; a haunting fantasia by Edmund Rubbra; and John Rutter's irresistible Suite Antique, featuring Marcus McGuff on flute. Oh, and lest we forget Mr. Bach: JiMin Kim will perform his famous concerto in F minor.