2017 - 2018 Concert Season

 

Flautissimo!

Music of Blavet, Boismortier, Handel, Telemann & Vivaldi

Friday, September 22, 2017 at 7:30pm
Gordon Chapel, Old South Church
Boston, MA

The first concert of Les Bostonades’ 2017–2018 season begins September 22nd with a program titled “Flautissimo,” featuring sonatas for the recorder and the traverse flute, known respectively as the flauto dolce and the flauto traverso in Italian, by several masters of the same generation — Georg Philipp Telemann (1681–1767), Michel Blavet (1700–1768), and Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689–1755). Also on the program are a cello sonata and two cantatas for soprano, flute/recorder, and continuo by George Frideric Handel (1685–1759) and Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741). Core members of Les Bostonades, Héloïse Degrugillier (flute & recorder) and
Akiko Sato (harpsichord) will be joined by special guests Sarah Moyer (soprano) and Guy Fishman (cello).


Amours contrariées

Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 3:30pm
Museum Concerts of Rhode Island

Thursday, March 15 - Monday, March 19
Cambridge Society for Early Music

A program featuring cantatas and instrumental music by two of the most important French Baroque composers, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749) and Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764). Clérambault's musical career included organist positions at several churches in Paris and at the Maison Royale de Saint-Cyr, near Versailles, as well as the position of music advisor to Madame de Maintenon, the second wife of King Louis XIV. He had five books of cantatas published between 1710 and 1726; many of his cantatas, such as the two to be performed in this program, Orphée (1710) and Pirâme et Tisbé (1713), were inspired by classical subjects and relate the desperate passion of separated lovers who can reunite only after death. Rameau was not only a leading composer of the 18th century, but also an influential theorist in the history of music. This program will include his cantata L'impatience (c.1715–22)
and also the Cinquème concert from his only instrumental chamber output, Pièces de clavecin en concert (1741). Les Bostonades will be joined by the internationally renown tenor Zachary Wilder.

untitled.png

Zachary Wilder, tenor; with Les Bostonades;
Teddie Hwang, traverso;
Sarah Darling, violin;
Emily Walhout, viola da gamba;
Akiko Sato, harpsichord


Family Connection

Music of Johann Bernhard and Johann Sebastian Bach

Friday, May 25, 2018 at 7:30pm
Gordon Chapel, Old South Church
Boston, MA

Les Bostonades welcomes its Artistic Advisor, harpsichordist and conductor Hank Knox, faculty at McGill University in Montreal, to join the ensemble’s season finale. The program includes J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C minor for Two Harpsichords, BWV 1060, and Overture for Violin and Strings in A minor, BWV 1067a — the presumed original version of the famous Overture in B Minor (BWV 1067) scored for flute and strings — reconstructed by Werner Breig. Les Bostonades will also play two rarely performed works, Orchestral Suites No. 3 in E minor and No. 4 in D major, by Johann Bernhard Bach (1676–1749), Johann Sebastian’s second cousin, whose musical style has been compared to that of Telemann.