The Norfolk Chamber Consort, under the direction of Andrey Kasparov and Oksana Lutsyshyn, present George Frideric & His Frenemies, featuring the music of Handel and his contemporaries, Johann Matheson and Nicola Porpora.
Presented as part of Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, Christ and St. Luke’s welcomes the Norfolk Chamber Consort as part of its annual series of concerts.
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Dr. Andrey Kasparov spoke recently with Jeff Maisey of Veer Magazine to discuss the rocky road travelled by Handel on his rise to fame. This concert program explores the dynamics of Baroque London’s musical landscape and the role played by Handel in its evolution. Dr. Kasparov had the following to say regarding the continued fascination with the era’s dramatic events and personalities:
We have been living in an amazing time of [rediscovery]. This process started during the first quarter of the 20th century and subsequently brought some major Baroque names… back into the repertoire. With this trend continuing today, more and more Baroque names, who for this or that reason fell into obscurity, are coming back to the fore…. It is a great time to enrich our lives by re-evaluating the music of the Baroque, experiencing it fully through compositions by a wide slew of its representatives, not only the most famous ones.
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The program will open with the famous “La Follia,” a violin sonata by Corelli written in the form of a chaconne or passacaglia. This will feature performances by violinist Gretchen Loyla and cellist Jeffrey Phelps, with the Chamber Consort’s Artistic Co-Director Oksana Lutsyshyn at the harpsichord. Additional works will include arias by Handel and Porpora, with soprano Bianca Hall.
Conducted by Dr. Andrey Kasparov, the first half concludes with Handel’s Organ Concerto in F Major with Dr. James Kosnik in his debut with the Consort as organist, accompanied by oboists Harvey Stokes and Sandra Richards, violinists Loyola and Anna Dobrzyn, violist Anastasia Migliozzi, cellist Jeffrey Phelps, double bassist Madeline Ditrich, and harpsichordist Oksana Lutsyshyn.
The second half begins with Oksana Lutsyshyn’s rendition of Handel’s Suite in G Minor for harpsichord, followed by the Sonata for three flutes by Johann Mattheson, with flutists Wayla Chambo, Bonnie Kim and Hyorim Kim. The evening concludes with Handel’s Organ Concerto in B-flat Major, with organist Kevin Kwan, Music Director of Christ and St. Luke’s, as soloist.
The event is dedicated to the memory M.D. Ridge, a liturgical composer, musician, writer and editor, who passed away in June of 2017.
A catered reception follows the performance, with food provided by The Green Onion restaurant of Norfolk’s historic Ghent.
Tickets at the door $25.00, Students $10.00.
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