Brooklyn, New York-based early music ensemble BaroQue Across the River (www.baroqueacrosstheriver.com) will perform “Elegance & Extravagance: Cantatas and Solos from France & Italy” on December 3-4, 2010. The December 3 concert will be held at 7:30pm at Brooklyn Friends Meeting House, 110 Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn (718.643.4608, www.nyym.org/brooklyn); The December 4, 8:00pm concert will be held at Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, in Manhattan (914.633.0758, www.tenri.org.). Tickets are $20.00 (suggested donation) at door for both concerts.
Two rival styles dominated European music in the late 17th - early 18th Century -- the delicate and demure French style favored elegant melodies in contrast to the more passionate, virtuosic and extravagant style of Italian music. In “Elegance & Extravagance: Cantatas and Solos from France & Italy” BaroQue Across the River offers selections of this exuberant contrast with music by Rameau, Clérambault, Scarlatti, Couperin, and Vivaldi.
BaroQue Across the River (www.baroqueacrosstheriver.com) is dedicated to bringing unique programming of 18th century masterpieces to a 21st century audience, performing on original instruments in historic settings around the greater Metropolitan area as well as touring. The ensemble consists of founder/director Kathleen McDonald, flute; Michèle Eaton, soprano; Lisa Terry, violoncello and viola da gamba; and Jennifer Griesbach, harpsichord. Concert venues have included museums, historical societies, mansions, churches, colleges, and early music concert series. Since 2003, they have partnered with the Brooklyn Historical Society (www.brooklynhistory.org) offering public concerts in conjunction with their exhibits and celebrations. They were among a select group of artists chosen as New York’s finest early music ensembles performing at the New York Times Center, as part of GEMS Early Music/Early Season series (www.gemsny.org). They have performed for ARTEK’s Midtown Concert Series (www.midtownconcerts.org), Mount Vernon Museum, the Bruce Museum, Music on the Heights at the famed Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims, The Wyckoff House Museum, Akwaaba Mansion, Lefferts House in Prospect Park and Brooklyn Borough Hall. In addition to returning for a concert on the Midtown Concert Series, the group’s 2010-11 season will include concerts at Brooklyn’s Quaker Meeting House, Tenri Cultural Institute, and the Fullerton Friends of Music series in Los Angeles, California, in celebration of Early Music America’s 25th Anniversary.