If you’re a music student at AU, there’s a good chance that you’ve had Daniel Abraham as a professor. What you may not have known was that he moonlights as the conductor and artistic director of the Bach Sinfonia, a Maryland organization which hosts concerts, lectures, and other events devoted to Baroque and Classical period music (hence the name).
Anyways, this weekend the Sinfonia is hosting a performance by Chatham Baroque, a group heralded as “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures” by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. This trio specializes in 18th and 17th Century music, making them a perfect fit for the Bach Sinfonia’s mission. What makes them special is that they perform their pieces on instruments of the period. Andrew Fouts plays Baroque violin, Patricia Halverson plays viola da gamba, and Scott Pauley plays theorbo & Baroque guitar. Hearing Baroque pieces performed on these instruments must transport listeners centuries back in time.
The event will be held at the Cultural Arts Center in Silver Spring, MD, on Saturday night, June 25th. The trio will perform works by two of Bach’s predecessors, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and Dieterich Buxtehude, as well as several by Bach himself. According to the Sinfonia’s website, this performance will be a “reprise of the triumphant concert presented this past summer at Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston” and the only chance to catch them in D.C. this time around. If you’re a fan of Bach, Baroque music or musical history in general, this event should be a great way to spend your Saturday night (maybe with a similarly sophisticated date).
Tickets are $30 but there is a 50% student discount! Here’s the event webpage:
as well as Professor Abraham’s own page, if you’re interested in other upcoming events: