Music Across Borders Baroque and Contemporary Eastern European Choral Works in Lakeville, CT
Crescendo’s second program of the fall 2022 season features Baroque and contemporary European Vocal music from the Baltics and Eastern Europe. The Crescendo Chorus, national and international soloists, accompanied by a period instrument orchestra with strings, natural trumpets, and basso continuo, will present these rarely heard festive Baroque and hauntingly beautiful choral works. This program takes us beyond the borders of the countries we normally associate with great Baroque music: Italy, Germany, and France, the home of beloved composers such as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Lully. Transcending these borders, we will embark on a musical journey discovering how the Baroque style became a transnational cultural phenomenon, as composers constantly forged new connections among diverse cultural centers across borders.
Baroque works by Gorczycki (‘The Polish Handel’), Hiller and Meder (Poland, Latvia), Zelenka, Harant, and Černohorský (Czechia)
Contemporary works by Ešenvalds (Latvia), Łukaszewski (Poland), Lukáš (Czechia), and Courtney (US/Ukraine)
Performers: the Crescendo Chorus and Period Instrument Orchestra.
Soloists: Christina Kay & Jordan Rose Lee, sopranos; Nicholas Tamagna & Augustine Mercante, countertenors; Dan Foster, tenor; Peter Becker, bass-baritone; conducted by Christine Gevert