Mary/Magdalene: Sacred Discoveries from the Age of Revolution


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The Church of the Epiphany

nedjelja, 26 vlj 2012, 3:00AM

Ticket info

$25/$15 students, seniors, EMA & Columbia University
Tickets for both this event and the 2/24 Juilliard415 concert "The Evolution of the Concerto Grosso" are $30 with a "Weekend in Italy Pass," which can be purchased online or by phone.


Jessica Gould, soprano & Meg Bragle, mezzo
Marika Holmqvist & Joan Plana, violins
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Gabe Shuford, harpsichord


Giovanni Battista Ferrandini (1710 – 1791), Il Pianto di Maria

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710 – 1736), La Maddalena al Sepolcro


Giovanni Alberto Ristori (1692 – 1753), Canto Divoti Affetti


The passion story as told by its female protagonists, as heard through recently discovered eighteenth-century repertoire by Ferrandini, Pergolesi, and Ristori. The program will include Ferrandini's Marian cantata, "Il Pianto di Maria", long misattributed to Handel, and the recently discovered Pergolesi work, "La Maddalena al Sepolcro", which comes to us from the Biblioteca del Sacro Convento di Assisi.

The ten-movement Lenten duet, "Canto Divoti Affetti" by Giovanni Alberto Ristori, was discovered by Timothy Burris in 1995 in Dresden, having miraculously survived the Allied bombing which destroyed so many other musical treasures. Ristori was born in Venice, flourished in Dresden, and introduced Italian opera to the court at Moscow.

Praised by The New York Times for "a dramatic intensity that honored the texts", soprano Jessica Gould has also been noted for “astonishing ornaments and passaggi, executed to perfection” (Lute News, UK), “expansive range, coloratura facility, and multi-hued, powerful sound” (Seen and Heard International), “crystalline sounds” and for having “reached the heart of an enraptured English audience'” (Traditional Music Maker, UK). With actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble she can be heard on the New World Records release of Eve Beglarian's CD Tell the Birds, which has been broadcast across the country. Soloist engagements include The Clarion Society, Sinfonia New York, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Virginia Arts Festival, Orlando Opera, the Guggenheim Works & Process Series with The Cassatt Quartet, at the Beinecke Library at Yale University, Palazzo Ducale (Modena), Hammerwood Park and The Landmark Arts Centre (UK) among others. With the Florentine presenter Musica Ricercata, she has been heard in a recital of Danish and Polish Romantic songs in their original languages, presented by the Festival Martedi in Arte at the Palazzo Davanzati, recently discovered motets of André Campra at the Museo di Arte Sacra of the Chiesa di San Andrea a San Donino in Tuscany this past September, and Purcell symphony songs at the Library of the Museo di San Marco of Florence in 2009. Ms. Gould will create the role of anarchist Emma Goldman in the world premiere of an opera based on the assassination of William McKinley by Persis Vehar, to be presented by Nickel City Opera in 2013, while upcoming engagements abroad include Latin-American baroque music to be performed as part of the quincentennial Amerigo Vespucci celebrations in Florence. As Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, Jessica creates many programs featuring repertoire from the 8th to 18th centuries, and serves the series as writer, music researcher, and Italian translator.

Widely praised for her musical intelligence, “memorable, raw-silk voice” (Toronto Star) and “expressive virtuosity” (San Francisco Chronicle), mezzo-soprano Meg Bragle is quickly earning an international reputation as one of today’s most gifted interpreters of early music. Appearances in the 2011–2012 season include a debut with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy in Alessandro Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater; a debut with the Toronto Symphony in Handel’s Messiah; Bach cantatas with the Montreal-based Arion Ensemble led by Jaap ter Linden at the Bach Montréal festival; and a Bach St. John Passion in Geneva. Recent highlights include a European tour of Bach’s Mass in B Minor with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, debuts with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and Houston’s Mercury Baroque Orchestra singing Mitrena in Vivaldi’s Motezuma; and the premiere performance of a new edition of Salieri’s Requiem in Washington, D.C. Bragle has also appeared in Europe and North America with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, as well as with the symphony orchestras of Memphis, Charlotte, and North Carolina. Her opera performances include the roles of Dido and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Dardano in Handel’s Amadigi, Amastre in Handel’s Serse, Speranza in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, Ippolita in Cavalli’s Elena, and Elpina in Vivaldi’s La Fida Ninfa.

MusicWeb International has praised Salon/Sanctuary Concerts programming: “It is a rare occurrence at any concert or opera when every possible aspect of the performance experience succeeds completely. I am not simply referring to the musicians, concert hall or instruments but to the gestalt: the unified whole that makes the sum greater than all of its parts.” Founded by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in 2009, Salon/Sanctuary offers an alternative to the conventional concert hall, presenting internationally recognized artists and ensembles performing pre-Romantic music in the kinds of spaces for which the repertoire was intended. Salon/Sanctuary takes pride in presenting special interdisciplinary projects featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, and dance, and many projects feature innovative programming that offers the opportunity to view history and various historical issues through the prism of music. Recent projects in this mold include the December 2010 production of I WERE, featuring the work of Metropolitan Opera countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo and renowned choreographer Karole Armitage, and the December 2011 performance of More Between Heaven and Earth, which starred internationally acclaimed film actor Matthew Modine and TONY-Award nominees Melissa Errico and Kathleen Chalfant.


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