Join us for Baroque Bonanza II, when Ensemble Gaudior will share a concert with The Friends of Fasch. We’ll be playing 17th-century German music by Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, and Georg Muffat in an expanded formation of two violins, two violas, and cello with organ continuo.
The Friends of Fasch will perform 18th-century German music featuring the recorder and oboe by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Christian Schickhardt, and their namesake, Johann Friedrich Fasch. For a grand finale, the two groups will join forces for Heinrich Biber’s Sonata a 10, scored for five-part strings and a consort of five recorders.
This joint concert will be the fifth of six in this year’s version of Baroque Bonanza, during which nine different Washington-based ensembles will present two full weekends of music from the baroque era, all performed on period instruments. The event includes concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings of each weekend, June 17-18-19 and June 24-25-26. More information on all six concerts is available here.
All performances will take place at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill (3rd and A Streets, SE) in Washington, D.C., starting at 8:00 pm. General admission is $25 at the door, or $20 for students and seniors. We hope to see you there on June 25!
About Ensemble Gaudior
Ensemble Gaudior is dedicated to performing masterpieces of chamber music from the Baroque and Classical eras, using instruments from those periods or careful modern copies. By presenting this repertoire to modern concert audiences, we hope to contribute to the process of moving our world toward greater harmony. (The name Gaudior is borrowed from the musical unicorn in Madeleine L'Engle's book A Swiftly Tilting Planet, who time-travels through the universe joyfully harmonizing with the music of the stars and planets.) Founded in 2000 and based in the Washington D.C. area, the group is built around a core instrumentation of violin and basso continuo, but frequently collaborates with guest artists in order to allow a greater variety of repertoire.