Chatham Baroque Presents’ The Virtuoso Recorder’ November 18th to 20th, 2022

Chatham Baroque Presents’ The Virtuoso Recorder’ November 18th to 20th, 2022

Recorder virtuoso Judith Linsenberg joins Chatham Baroque for a program of sparkling concertos and sonatas from the Italian Baroque period.

The Virtuoso Recorder features two concerti for recorder, strings, and basso continuo: Giuseppe Sammartini’s spirited concerto in F Major for soprano recorder and strings and Antonio Vivaldi’s delightful Il Gardellino, Opus 10 No. 3, for sixth flute and strings. Rounding out the program are works by Alessandro Scarlatti, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Antonio Vivaldi’s brilliant La Folia.

The recorder originated in Europe during the Middle Ages. In the 16th century, it appeared in treatises on the art of making music and instrument inventories ranging from the royal (Henry VIII’s collection included 76 recorders) to the common (the Stuttgart Town Band had 299). In the 17th century, the recorder was favored by English composer Henry Purcell, and in the 18th century, it reached its heyday, appearing in works by Handel, Telemann, and J.S. Bach. Today, the recorder is celebrated in recorder societies around the globe. It is the first instrument for many elementary school students and continues to feature in contemporary musical compositions. 

Linsenberg is one of the leading exponents of the recorder in the United States. Hailed for her “virtuosity,” “expressivity,” “fearless playing” and “masterly control with risk-taking spontaneity,” she has performed extensively throughout the US and Europe, including solo appearances at the Hollywood Bowl and Lincoln Center. 

In The Virtuoso Recorder, she will play alongside Chatham Baroque artistic directors Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo), along with fellow guests Paul Miller (viola), Justin Wallace (harpsichord) and Cynthia Keiko Black (violin). 

The Virtuoso Recorder | concerts are Friday, November 18th, at 7:30 pm at St. Nicholas Church*, Millvale. Saturday, November 19th, 7:30 pm at Calvary Episcopal Church, Shadyside, and Sunday, November 20th, 2:30 pm at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s Hicks Memorial Chapel, East Liberty.

*presented in partnership with The Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka. A guided tour of the murals will be held at 6:30 pm. 

 For tickets and info, visit chathambaroque.org.  

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