Ensemble Gaudior will join the chamber choir Voce (Italian for “voice”), directed by Richard Giarusso, for two performances of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Midnight Mass for Christmas Eve, one of the true gems of the Christmas repertoire. Based on traditional French carols, this French Baroque masterpiece captures the many moods of the season.
As was the case for our concert last June as part of Baroque Bonanza II, we will again present an expanded version of the ensemble, this time consisting of a string quartet, two baroque flutes, and continuo organ. In the first half of the program, Voce will sing seasonal a cappella works by composers from the 16th century to the present.
The dates, times, and locations of the two concerts are:
Friday, December 16, 2016, at 8:00 PMSt. John Neumann Catholic Church 11900 Lawyers Road, Reston, VA
Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:00 PMChurch of the Holy Comforter 543 Beulah Road, Vienna, VA
General admission $25 at the door; seniors $20, students $10, under 18 free
Turning our attention from the Baroque to the Classical period, next spring we will be giving two period-instrument performances of Mozart’s Trio in E-flat major for clarinet, viola, and fortepiano. Ensemble Gaudior director Alexandra MacCracken will be joined by clarinettist Elise Bonhivert and Thomas MacCracken (playing a copy of Mozart’s own piano) in a program also featuring two sonatas by Mozart’s friend Johann Baptist Vanhal, one for clarinet and the other for viola.
Friday, March 24, 2017, at 8:00 PMFairfax Old Town Hall 3999 University Drive, Fairfax, VA
Sunday, May 21, 2017, at 4:00 PMSt. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 6509 Sydenstricker Road, Burke, VA
Admission to both concerts is free.
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.