Early Music at Saint James

2017-2018 Season

Early Music at Saint James presents concerts of music composed before 1800 in our acoustically rich sanctuary. The performances of primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music are informed by historical performance practice and played on faithful reproductions of period instruments. The series offers a venue for small and/or emerging ensembles, and presents a rich repertory of music that is generally not available to the Lancaster community.

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Adults: $20
Students & Children: $5
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Sunday, September 10, 2017; 4 PM

POMERIUM

Alexander Blachly, Director
Pomerium provides a window into the mind of the Renaissance composer at play. Works include Baude Cordier’s picture songs, Josquin’s Sanctus from the Mass of the Dice and his six-voice Agnus Dei from Missa Malheur me bat, a tour de force of musical canons. Learn more at Pomerium’s website.

Sunday, October 1, 2017; 4 PM

MATTHEW BENGTSON fortepiano

Music of Haydn, Mozart & Beethoven
Critically acclaimed as a “musician’s pianist,” Matthew Bengtson has a unique combination of musical talents ranging from ex-traordinary pianist/fortepianist, scholar of performance practice, and composer. He is in demand as both soloist and collaborator.

Friday, November 17, 2017; 7:30 PM

NIGHT MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Diversions and Distractions
An evening salon with friends: Classical divertimenti and chamber music by Haydn, Mozart, and others, including the iconic “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.”

GEOFFREY BURGESS, oboe
DANIEL ELYAR, viola
REBECCA HARRIS, violin
MARIKA HOLMQVIST, violin
REBECCA HUMPHREy, cello
HEATHER MILLER LARDIN, double bass
STEVEN ZOHN, flute

Thursday, March 1, 2018; 7:30 PM

FROM TEACHER TO PUPIL

The Golden Age of the Viola da Gamba
Music by Sainte-Colombe, Marin & Roland Marais
Sarah Cunningham & Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba Charles Weaver, theorbo

The concert explores the viola da gamba during its golden age in 17th- and 18th-century France. Music of three generations of composers from the reclusive genius Le Sieur de Sainte Colombe to his most famous pupil, the renowned Marin Marais, and then to Marais’s son Roland, a fine musician in his own right. The concert also celebrates the student-teacher relationship as it continues into the 21st century.

The program includes Marais’s beautiful “Tombeau” for his teacher.

Thursday, April 5, 2018; 7:30 PM

FATED LOVERS

Vocal Music of the French Baroque Les Délices
As in Romeo and Juliette, true love sometimes ends with the ultimate sacrifice. Two evocative cantatas by Clérambault (Pyrame et Thisbé and Héro et Leandre) and excerpts from Rameau’s groundbreaking opera Hippolyte et Aricie relate the timeless takes of star-crossed lovers in this program featur-ing soprano Clara Rottsolk (supple and stylish…unflaggingly attractive” — Gramophone) and tenor Jason McStoots (“an exquisite singer and a fine actor” — Cleveland Plain Dealer).

CLARA ROTTSOLK, soprano
JASON McSTOOTS, tenor
DEBRA NAGY, oboe & recorder
JULIE ANDRIJESKI & EVAN FEW, violin
EMILY WALHOUT, viola da gamba
MARK EDWARDS, Harpsichord