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EventWith Harp and Voice: Handel's Muses
PlaceAll Saints Episcopal Church
Address4550 N Hermitage
DetailsTRIO SPERANZA TO PERFORM RAPTUROUS MUSIC BY HANDEL, TELEMANN, AND HAYM IN TWO SPECIAL BACK-TO-BACK PERFORMANCES ON FEBRUARY 22ND CHICAGO (January 25, 2019)—TRIO SPERANZA, an award-winning baroque chamber ensemble, comes to Chicagoland February 22nd to premiere a captivating new program: "With Harp & Voice: Handel’s Muses". This program will be performed in two FREE concerts: Friday, February 22 at 12:15 pm at the Chicago Temple (77 W Washington St, Chicago) Friday, February 22 at 7:00 pm at All Saints Episcopal Church (4550 N Hermitage Ave, Chicago) "With Harp & Voice" mixes well-known classics and long-forgotten gems to creatively explore Handel’s singular creative legacy and the many voices that inspired him. This program brings together core Trio Speranza members harpsichordist Jason Moy, violinist Anna Griffis, and cellist Cora Swenson Lee with guest artists Kiyoe Matsuura (violin), Hannah De Priest (soprano), and Claire Happel Ashe (harp). The program’s title refers both to the special instruments and contemporaries that inspired Handel throughout his working life. Handel’s attraction to the harp is undeniable he wrote one of the first concertos for the instrument in Western history and used its magical sound in some of his most beloved operas and oratorios. An iconic statue by Roubiliac, commissioned for London's Vauxhall Gardens during Handel's lifetime, depicts the composer with his hand plucking a small harp or lyre. For these concerts, Claire Happel Ashe will play a triple harp--a gut-strung baroque instrument with three rows of parallel strings, enabling the player to have every note of the chromatic scale at their fingertips. Handel’s distinct and extensive vocal music has been celebrated for centuries. "With Harp & Voice" features beloved arias from some of Handel’s most cherished operas, including Rinaldo, Alcina, and Giulio Cesare, and a fiery cantata from his youth: Armida Abbandonata. As dramatic as any full-fledged opera, this twenty-minute-long cantata probes the psyche of a woman in anguish: the sorceress Armida has been abandoned and sings of her rage, grief, and love for the warrior Rinaldo, who has defied her. Handel composed Armida Abbandonata in Rome, where it was likely premiered by one of his favorite prime donne: Margherita Durastanti. Featured alongside these dramatic works are three trio sonatas by Handel and his two close contemporaries, Georg Philipp Telemann and Nicola Francesco Haym. Though an enigmatic figure today, Haym was a celebrated cellist, composer, bibliographer, and art collector in his day. A talented librettist, he provided Handel with texts for Giulio Cesare and Rodelinda, among many other operas. Telemann was one of the most acclaimed and prolific composers of the early 18th century, and a lifelong friend of Handel from their student days in Germany. Handel’s name appears on the subscription lists for Telemann’s most famous work, Tafelmusik, and the two maintained a lively correspondence across the English Channel over their shared love of music and amateur botany. These two concerts are sure to delight audiences who love early music and those who are new to the charms and over-the-top emotional impact of baroque music! ABOUT TRIO SPERANZA Trio Speranza is a dynamic baroque chamber ensemble dedicated to presenting engaging and thought-provoking performances of both familiar and lesser-known repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries. The group comprises three prolific Early Music performers who frequently perform with respected ensembles throughout the United States and Canada: violinist/violist Anna Griffis, cellist Cora Swenson Lee, and harpsichordist Jason Moy. Trio Speranza made its debut at the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) in 2013, and was awarded the Presentation Prize for most innovative programming at the 2014 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. They have returned to Boston numerous times to perform in BEMF Fringe concerts, and have been appeared in the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music, with Early Music Michigan Pegasus Early Music’s ‘Pegasus Rising’ young artist series, and the Music at Third concert series in Rochester, NY the Early Music at the Barn series at the Byron Colby Barn in Grayslake, IL the Summer Chamber Concert Series in Fort Atkinson, WI and the Landowska Harpsichord Society’s concert series in Chicago. www.triosperanza.com
Start DateFriday, February 22, 2019
Start Time7:00 PM
End Time8:30 PM
Web Addresshttp://www.triosperanza.com

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