Early Music at Saint James

2020-2021 Season

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 7 PM streamed live


Auris Borealis: Music from the Düben Collection

Selected by Early Music America to take part in the 2021 Emerging Artists Showcase, Filament is a newly-formed chamber ensemble of Philadelphia-based period instrument soloists including Evan Few, baroque violin; Elena Smith, viola da gamba and John Walthausen, harpsichord.

As constituents of the global early music community, Filament members regularly join the ranks of such ensembles as Apollo’s Fire, Bach Collegium Japan, Chatham Baroque, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Bach Collegium, Tempesta di Mare, Venice Baroque Orchestra, and the Washington Bach Consort.

As an ensemble, Filament shares their collective passion for the rich trio repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries with audiences in Philadelphia, the Delaware River Valley, and beyond.

Recent preoccupations include music of Northern Germany and Scandinavia, and cross-cultural music-making in Northern Europe. For this program, they bring to life chamber music of the Gustaf Düben Collection, a precious document of the rich and cosmopolitan musical life at the court of Uppsala, Sweden in the 17th century.

Works for this program include:
Antonio Bertali: Sonata a 2 in D minor (from the Düben Collection)
Dietrich Buxtehude: Sonata No. 4 in B-flat major, Op. 1
Anonymous: Sonata Italiana (from the Düben Collection)
Dietrich Buxtehude: Sonata No. 1 in F major, Op. 1
Anonymous: Sonata and Suite in A minor (from the Düben Collection)
Samuel Capricornus: Ciaconna (from the Düben Collection)

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Filament: From left, Evan Few, baroque violin; John Walthausen, harpsichord; Elena Smith, viola da gamba

October 21, 2020, 7 PM via livestream

Kleine Kammermusik

Les Goûts-réunis (Tastes reunited)

Join Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Geoffrey Burgess, baroque oboe and Rebecca Humphrey, cello and viola da gamba in a livestream concert from Saint James on October 21st as they perform a rich program of eighteenth century French music highlighting relationships between father and son, student and teacher, and French and Italian baroque style.

The virtuosic music of Boimortier, F. Couperin, Chauvant, Forqueray and Rebel is sure to delight!

About Early Music at Saint James

Early Music at Saint James was the vision of founder and Director Emerita Kathleen Spencer. Now, over ten years after its inception, Early Music at Saint James is a sought-after venue in the world of historic performance practice. Each season, concerts of music composed before 1800 are presented in the acoustically rich sanctuary of Saint James Church. The performances of primarily Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Classical music are played on faithful reproductions of period instruments. The series offers a venue for small and/or emerging ensembles as well as established artists, presenting a rich repertoire of music not generally available to the Lancaster community.

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Friday, September 27, 7:30 PM

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

J. S. Bach, Goldberg Variations, BWV 988

With its aria and thirty variations, Bach’s unparalleled masterpiece of counterpoint is an icon of Western music here performed by an internationally acclaimed harpsichordist.

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Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Leon Schelhase, harpsichord

Monday, November 4, 7:30 PM

The Philadelphia Baroque Consort

with guests Jessica Beebe, soprano & Simon Maurer, baroque violin

Affetti Musicali – Passionate and Dramatic Music from Baroque Italy

In his Affetti musicali (1617), Biagio Marini suggests that instrumental music can express emotions just as well as vocal music. A dramatic program of Marini’s instrumental works, soprano arias of his contemporary Monteverdi, cantatas, a sonata and a concerto by Vivaldi will render a verdict!

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Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Rebecca Harris, baroque violin; Vivian B. Dozor, baroque cello; Leon Schelhase, harpsichord; Jessica Beebe, soprano; Simon Maurer, baroque violin

Sunday, March 29, 4:00 PM –  CANCELLED

La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

With guest Paul Miller, viola d’amore & violin

Resonances: The Art of the Violas d’Amore and Gamba

Rainer Beckmann, recorders
Donna Fournier, viola da gamba
Marcia Kravis, harpsichord
Paul Miller, violin & viola d’amore

German chamber works by Buxtehude, Telemann, Bach, Abel, and the rarely heard Galanteries by Götz and Fuchs, showcase the rich resonances of the baroque string and recorder families.

La Bernardinia Baroque Ensemble

Paul Miller, viola d’amore & violin

Friday, May 8, 7:30 PM –  CANCELLED

Nota Bene Viol Consort

with guest Jason McStoots, tenor

Ayres in All the Colors

Viola da gamba players Joanna Blendulf, Wendy Gillespie, Sarah Mead and Emily Walhout, with tenor Jason McStoots, present a glittering palette of European music spanning five centuries—sound and text evoke a vast range of colors and moods.

Nota Bene Viol Consort

Jason McStoots, tenor