Ensemble Caprice - Chaconne: Voices of Eternity
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
The Baroque chaconne, with its steady harmonic progression, has been associated with the concept of eternity. During the 17th and 18th centuries, composers across Europe gave their best to live up to the incredible challenge of transcending our perception of time. The great compositions by J.S. Bach, T.A. Vitali, A. Falconiero, T. Merula and J.F. Rebel feature different and spectacular ways to do so.
Date: 11/22/2014
Time: 8:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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New York Polyphony - Wondrous Birth, O Wondrous Child
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
An intimate meditation on the Christmas season, this program delivers a spellbinding experience spanning nine centuries of music. It features New York Polyphony's signature fusion of historically informed performances of traditional works with new compositions, which includes music by Tallis, Victoria, Clemens, Andrew Smith, and others.
Date: 12/13/2014
Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Calvary Episcopal Church, 315 Shady Ave, Pittsburgh, PA
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New Esterhazy Quartet - A Flight of Fugues
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
From its earliest origins in canon and ricercar, the fugue has challenged composers as a showcase for technical and expressive brilliance within the confines of a highly formalized structure. In this 150-year fugue sampler, New Esterhazy Quartet presents a tasting of the genre from novel to notorious, highlighting vintages of Purcell, Mozart, Beethoven and Haydn.
Date: 01/17/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Gabriel's Voice - Dawn of Virtuosity
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
In 1634, Rome's Villa Borghese played host to a now-legendary recital by Girolamo Fantini, the Chief Court Trumpeter to the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and Girolamo Frescobaldi, organist at St. Peter's. Not only was the trumpet, previously confined to military circles, a new arrival to the concert hall, it heralded a new age in which instruments finally came into their own as vehicles for impressive technical display and expression of the soul. This program pays tribute to Fantini and Frescobaldi, two of the first great instrumental virtuosi.
Date: 02/22/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Pallade Musica - A Mio Modo
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
Pallada Musica celebrates the individual creative spirits and fantastical conceptions of the "modern" seventeenth-century composer. They trace the emergence of the Stile Moderno with sonatas by Castello and Mealli, to the pinnacle of the Stylus Phantasticus in Buxtehude's spectacular trios and Biber's dramatic "Mystery" sonatas.
Date: 03/14/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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Apollo's Fire - The Four Seasons: Rediscovered
Presented by: Renaissance & Baroque Society
Apollo's Fire shakes the dust off these beloved pieces by the hit pop composer of the 18th century. Complete with the colorful sonorities of guitar and harp, these concerts reveal the "rock n' roll" qualities of Vivaldi’s music. Under the direction of Jeannette Sorrell, the program includes the Concerto for Two Cellos and the fiery La Follia (Madness), a wild showpiece for the whole orchestra.
Date: 04/18/2015
Time: 8:00 pm
Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St, Pittsburgh, PA
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