Press Release: 2013-2014 Season Opener

American Baroque Orchestra performs “Music across the Nations” October 12

Concert features music from Ukraine to the United States

The American Baroque Orchestra opens its 2013–14 season on Saturday, October 12 with “Music across the Nations,” a program of Baroque masterworks from Ukraine to Europe to the United States. Highlights include J.S. Bach’s beloved Violin Concerto in E major, performed by renowned violinist Joan Plana, and Antonio Vivaldi’s adrenaline-pumping “In Furore Giustissimae Irae,” sung by soprano Kathryn Aaron. The concert takes place at 7:30pm in Pratt Hall, located at 311 Temple Street in New Haven.

Other Baroque masterworks on the program represent England, France, Ukraine, Russia, and the United States, including the Suite from Castor et Pollux, by the French composer Jean-Philippe Rameau, as well as the Symphony in B-flat major by William Boyce, an important British composer whose music is full of character and optimism.

America was just beginning to join the music scene in the 18th century, when Abraham Wood wrote his Funeral Elegy on the death of General George Washington. The audience also gets a rare chance to hear two Slavic baroque motets from Ukraine and Russia.

Artistic director Mark Bailey will conduct the ensemble, which performs on period instruments. The ABO will be joined by a new Yale student baroque ensemble, Les Fêtes d’Hébé, making its debut in a performance of works by Henry Purcell.

The concert is performed in memory of Richard Warren, Jr., ABO’s co-founder, who died a year ago. Artistic director Mark Bailey noted, “The concert offers the chance to hear and compare nationalistic styles in a single concert – the graceful ebb and flow of French baroque music; the ferocious intensity and vitality of Italian music; the complex layerings of Germanic music; the theatrical style of English music; the hybrid style of Slavic music, and even the early contributions of American music.”

Tickets are $20 at the door, and patron seating is available at $35. Discount tickets are available on the ABO web site. Students are welcome on a pay-as-you can basis.

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For Calendar Editors
The American Baroque Orchestra performs baroque masterworks from the Ukraine to the United States, using period instruments. Mark Bailey, artistic director. Also featuring the debut performance of a new Yale student baroque ensemble, Les Fêtes d’Hérbé, playing works by Purcell.
● J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto in E major, with Joan Plana, violin
● Vivaldi: “In Furore Giustissimae Irae,” with Kathryn Aaron, soprano
● Rameau: Suite from Castor et Pollux
● A. Wood: A Funeral Elegy on the Death of General George Washington
● Two Slavic motets
● William Boyce: Symphony in B-flat major

When: Saturday, October 12, 2013 at 7:30pm
Where: Pratt Hall, 311 Temple Street, New Haven
Tickets: $20 at the door, $35 for preferred patron seating.
Discount tickets available on ABO web site.
Student tickets are pay-what-you can.

Press contact
Mark Bailey, artistic director

The American Baroque Orchestra (ABO) is a group of like-minded professional musicians who, by means of performance and outreach, seek to promote the music of the 17th and 18th centuries though stylistic fidelity and informed historical perspectives. ABO’s artistic director, Mark Bailey, is broadly experienced in this area, but also has particular expertise in the realm of Slavic music of the baroque and classical eras. Leader/concertmaster Joan Plana is an extraordinarily gifted baroque musician, as well as a dynamic and deeply expressive performer. ABO’s roster of players and singers are among the best in the region, performing on period instruments or singing according to the stylistic expectations of the time.

About Mark Bailey

Artistic Director
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