Early Music Fest 21

EarlyMusicFest Premiering September 24-26, 2021 (OnDemand through 12/31/21)

Free Tickets

Five Musicast events from twelve plus ensembles over three days! And OnDemand until New Year’s Eve! Register now and enjoy great musical experience on you own schedule throughout the fall! Any donation of $15 or more will extend OnDemand of the fest through end of 2022!

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Musicivic Everywhere

Ambler Musicivic

Three Village Chamber Players

Twin Forks Musicivic

Oakmont Musicivic

Big Sky Musicivic (Our Newest Community)

Schedule & Lineup (Click for Program)

Bach (Now OnDemand)

French (Now OnDemand)

Italian (Now OnDemand)

German (Now OnDemand)

Folk & Baroque (Premiers 7:00 PM ET 9/26/21)

Musicast Fests are Showcases featuring selections from the music we have been casting every week through our local community programs and national Musicivic Everywhere and Early Music Wednesdays series. We curate each of our five concerts for each Fest around a very loosely structured theme. Sometimes we try to tell a story, other times a more eclectic playlist, all designed to provide great enjoyment and entice you to participate in our weekly programming.

In September of 2020 we had our first fest with an exclusive focus on Bach. This September (2021) we have broadened that theme to Early Music as a whole. Again we define this loosely but generally we mean a) music from prior to 1800, or b) music influenced by, illustrative of or compatible with early music traditions.


Bach (Premiers 7:30 PM ET 9/24/21)

“Contrapunctus IV”
J.S. Bach
Performed by Beo String Quartet

“Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003”
IV. Allegro
J.S. Bach
Performed by Brendan Shea, Violin

“Suite for Solo Cello in C Major, No. 3 BWV 1009”
I. Prelude
II. Allemande
J.S. Bach
Performed by Shirley Hunt, Cello

“Solo Violin Sonata in C Major”
I. Adagio
IV. Allegro-Assai
J.S. Bach
Performed by Natalie Kress, Violin

“Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639”
J.S. Bach
Performed by
Itzkoff Coleman, Violin
Robert Warner Duo Cello

“Ich folge dir gleichfalls mit freudigen Schritten” (from St. John Passion)

J.S. Bach
Performed by
Bahareh Poureslami, Soprano
Pauline Kempf, Baroque Violin
Cullen O’Neil, Baroque Cello

French (Premiers 3:00 PM ET 9/25/21)

Vignon, vignon, vignon, vignette The marie-golde
Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490 – 1562)
Performed by Alkemie

“Goutons un doux repos”
“Vos mépris”
Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Performed by Kleine Kammermusik

Minuet from Première Concert, Concerts Royaux
“Air des Bacchantes” from Huitième Concert, Les Goûts-Réunis
François Couperin
Performed by Kleine Kammermusik

Violin Sonata Op. 9 no. 3 in D major (ca. 1743)
II. Allegro
IV. Tambourin: Presto
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Performed by Natalie Kress

Sonata Op. 5 no. 6 “Le tombeau”
II. Allegro ma non troppo
IV. Allegro
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Performed by members of Quartet Salonnières with Elliot Figg
Aniela Eddy, Violin
Cullen O’Neil, Cello
Elliot Figg, Harpsichord

String Quartet in G minor Ben 339
Ignaz Pleyel
I. Allegro
Performed by Quartet Salonnières

Italian (Premiers 7:00 PM ET 9/25/21)

Sonata quarta for Violin “per sonar con due corde”, Op. 8
Biagio Marini
Performed by Time Canvas

“Ohimè, dov’è il mio ben?”
Claudio Monteverdi
Performed by Musica Mundana

La Luciminia Contenta, Sonata Seconda, Op. 4 (1645)
Marco Uccellini (ca. 1603-1680)
Performed by members of Musicivic Baroque
Natalie Kress, Violin
Robert Warner, Harpsichord

“Amor dormiglione”

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)
Performed by Musica Mundana

Violin Sonata, Op. 4: No. 1, “La Bernabea”
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (1624-1687)
Performed by members of Quartet Salonnières with Elliot Figg
Majka Demcak, Violin
Cullen O’Neil, Cello
Elliot Figg, Harpsichord

Violin Concerto in A minor, RV 356, Op. 3, No. 6 “L’estro Armonico”
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Presto
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Performed by Quartet Salonnières with Soloist Aisslinn Nosky

German (Premiers 3:00 PM ET 9/26/21)

Trio Sonata in D major, CSWV E:3
III. Allegro
Schaffrath, Christoph (1709-1763)
Performed by Verità Ensemble

Violin Sonata in D major HWV 371 (ca. 1749-50)

I. Affettuoso
II. Allegro
George Frederick Handel (1726-1728)
Performed by members of Musicivic Baroque
Natalie Kress, Violin
Robert Warner, Harpsichord

“Nò, di voi non vo’ fidarmi”
George Frederick Handel (1726-1728)
Performed by Musica Mundana

String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4
I. Allegro ma non tanto (C minor)
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Performed by Red Line String Quartet

Folk & Baroque (Premiers 7:00 PM ET 9/26/21)

Folk & Baroque

Sweet honey sucking bees – Yet, sweet, take heed
Lady, when I behold
Adieu, sweet Amaryllis

John Wilbye (1574-1638)
Performed by Alkemie

Wilbye’s music was primarily intended as at-home entertainment for friends to play or sing together. However, not every friend-group (or COVID pod) contains four or five singers of the appropriate ranges! Iconography from the time suggests that a healthy mix of voices and instruments was common in athome music making. We chose to perform the two-part madrigal “Sweet honey-sucking bees – Yet, sweet, take heed” in what has become the conventional madrigal style of unaccompanied voices, but arranged “Lady, when I behold” and “Adieu, sweet Amaryllis” for a single voice with instruments covering the other parts.

In both “Sweet honey-sucking bees” and “Lady, when I behold,” Wilbye compares the sweetness of flowers with the sweetness of a lover’s lips. While the amaryllis is now generally known as a certain type of showy
flower, the name was not tied to a specific plant until the eighteenth century. The term had previously been in use, however, as another name for the lily. It is not difficult to imagine “Adieu, sweet Amaryllis” as both a bittersweet farewell to one’s beloved, as well as a lament for the departure of the flowers in autumn.

“Suite in the Old Style” for violin and piano

A. Schnittke(1934 – 1998)
V. Pantomime
Performed by Shea Kim Duo

Baroque influences (and nostalgia) with modern sensibility and humor.

Nuit Sur La Corde À Linge (2021)

Mathilde Côté
Performed by Quartet Salonnières

Gut stringed instruments as a vehicle for very modern musical story telling.

Maria durch ein Dornwald ging,

German folk song
Performed by Digital Camerata (on Rebecca Nelson’s Musicast “Do Not Lament”

Chocolate (don’t tell mom),

Rebecca Nelson
Performed by
Rebecca Nelson, guitar, violins
Philip Nelson, bass

Do Not Lament,
Rebecca Nelson
Performed by
Rebecca Nelson, vocals
Joshua Stauffer, theorbo

Contemporary stories leveraging baroque, folk, bluegrass strategies and sensibilities.

Glacier Suite
Taylor Ackley
Performed by Deep Roots Ensemble

Their style blends classical chamber music instrumentation and techniques with traditional American music performance practice and jazz improvisation into a refined and cohesive approach to making music. This results in an artistic output which is highly innovative while remaining familiar and relatable to audiences with a wide range of tastes.

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