Ars et Amici

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Abendmusik: 17th century German Music November 16

Ars et Amici repeats its  Abendmusik program on Saturday, November 16 at 7:30 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord, MA.  This concert of early German Baroque music highlights works by Tunder, Franck, Hammerschmidt, Schutz, Buxtehude and members of the Bach family.

Singing in this concert are Harriet Bridges and Eileen Cecelia Callahan, sopranos; Sheila Beardslee, alto (director), Keith Ohmart and Andrew Sigel, tenors; and William Leonard, bass.  Joining Ars et Amici’s six singers are Héloïse Degrugillier and Eric Haas, recorders, and Alice Mroszczyk, viola da gamba; Robert Barney, music director at Trinity, plays Trinity’s recently acquired Huntington Chamber Organ.

Abendmusik (literally evening music) was a series of devotional concerts offered at the Marienkirche in Lubeck, Germany, begun in the 17th century and supported by local businessmen to provide free admission to the public.  Franz Tunder, organist at the Marienkirche for a quarter of a century was the first to combine organ works and vocal music.  Tunder’s successor, Dieterich Buxtehude, brought these musical evenings to great prominence during his 40-year tenure.

The composers presented in this concert clearly outline the development of German Baroque music, starting with the works if Melchior Franck through to the works of the extensive and very musical Bach family.

This concert was also presented at the Wakefield Opera House in Sanbornville NH.

Saturday. November 16, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Trinity Episcopal Church, 81 Elm Street in Concord MA.
Trinity Episcopal Church is fully accessible.

Suggested donation  $15, $10 students, seniors, R/EMM & BRS members

Early Music Boston October 25, 2013 sheila Ars et Amici

Ars & Amici: Venice & the Dolomites, April 2012

Ars & Amici toured Venice and the Dolomites in April 2012. In addition to singing masses and presenting concerts, we enjoyed the beautiful mountains and valleys of the Trentino/Alto-Adige region and the glories of Venice.

Our first performance was a concert in Santa Maria Assunta (Pieve) with Coro Sass Maor, a well-known men’s chorus in the Dolomite region. Our two ensembles joined forces to sing two of the region’s most beloved song, “Signore delle cime,” and “Amici miei” (set to the tune of Amazing Grace). For masses in the mountain villages and on the islands of Venice, we sang works by Gabrieli, Croce, Marenzio, Handl & Anonymous; our consort performed instrumental works by Gabrieli, Priuli, Banchieri  & others.  In public concerts, we sang secular works by Monteverdi, Marenzio and Luzzaschi as well.


If you are interested to travel with us next time,  please contact Ars & Amici’s program director, Sheila Beardslee, sheilabb [at] verizon [dot] net.

Early Music Boston April 20, 2011 sheila Ars et Amici
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