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Ars Musica Concert Event
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SAVE THE DATE:  Sunday, February 18, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
featuring two Baroque women composers,
a recently rediscovered work of Handel,
and coloratura sensation Sherazade Panthaki
Last Sunday was a disappointment for us Chicagoans.  
But Sunday, February 18th will be a winner!
A somewhat unknown fact is that among the male-dominated composer world of the Baroque era, several women penned some remarkable pieces. On Sunday, February 18th at 7:00 PM in the DePaul Art Museum of the Richardson Library, 2350 North Kenmore in Chicago, Ars Musica Chicago will present LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE BAROQUE. This event features works of the early Baroque composer Barbara Strozzi and the 18th century Baroque composer Elizabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre along with a newly found work of George Frederic Handel and others in a concert of rarely heard vocal and instrumental works. Under the direction of Stephen Alltop, the Ars Musica Baroque Ensemble will feature an all-star cast of performers, including the singing sensation, coloratura soprano Sherezade Panthaki. Tickets are $20 ($15 seniors; $5 students), available by calling 312-409-7874 or visiting www.arsmusicachicago.org
Ars Musica Chicago's mission is to bring Chicago audiences original programming of rarely heard early music treasures. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE BAROQUE is no exception.
A rarity for the time, the Viena-born Barbara Strozzi was actually a published composer. In fact, she published more cantatas than any of her Italian contemporaries. Equally unusual, Strozzi was a woman whose training, accomplishments, and opportunities parallel in many ways those of her male counterparts. Ars Musica Chicago will be performing two works of Strozzi, "L'astratto" and "L'amante segreto," both for soprano, baroque cello and harpsichord.
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre was a child prodigy, considered by many in her day as "the marvel of our century."  To represent her, a collection of solo harpsichord dance movements called "Pieces de Clavecin" will be performed by Stephen Alltop. They are exemplary of the French baroque, a golden age for the harpsichord.
Rounding out the program are works of Marco Uccellini, Corelli, Purcell and Handel.  Recently rediscovered and authenticated, the Handel "Gloria" is from his early years in Italy and contains many similarities to the pieces known collectively as the "Carmelite Vespers."
Performing the Handel, Strozzi and Purcell pieces is the sensational soprano Sherezade Panthaki. In fact, the Handel "Gloria" is the perfect vehicle for her expressive musicianship and coloratura vocal skills.
Panthaki is in constant demand as an opera and oratorio soloist.   She appeared in the title role in multiple performances of Mozart's "l re pastore" at the 2006 Bloomington Early Music Festival (Indiana), and is the winner of the Adams fellowship (soprano soloist) competition for the 2006 Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel, California, performing several concerts with the festival.   She was recently selected as a finalist in the Le Jardin des Voix international vocal competition.
In addition to performances at various international music festivals in France, Holland and Switzerland, Ms. Panthaki's recent and upcoming engagements include a variety of repertoire with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Voltaire (Indianapolis), the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, La Donna Musicale (Boston), the Amherst Early Music Festival (Vermont), and the Bach Society of St. Louis. Her discography includes recordings with  La Donna Musicale as well as Gravitación.  
Also appearing on LADIES AND GENTLEMEN OF THE BAROQUE are four of the area's most accomplished early music performers -- baroque violinists Nell Flandors and Gary Clarke, baroque cellist Ravenna Nelson, and harpsichordist/director Stephen Alltop.
Stephen Alltop has an illustrious career both as conductor and harpsichordist/organist, including performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra, Lyra Concert Baroque Orchestra, Lyric Opera, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Midsummer's Music Festival, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, the Ravinia Festival, and the Sewanee Festival.  Mr. Alltop has recorded Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on the American Gramaphone label and an Albany CD of Baroque arias with soprano Julianne Baird and trumpeter Darin Kelly.  The 2002 Cedille recording "The Divas of Mozart's Day" with soprano Patrice Michaels was Alltop's first as a conductor and received critical praise in over 20 publications worldwide.  He conducted another Albany CD featuring soprano Julianne Baird and music of Antonio Caldara which was released in September of 2004.  A recording of Handel's complete Messiah with the Apollo Chorus and Orchestra of Chicago was released on the Clarion label in 2006.  He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in Conducting and Organ from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctoral degree in Orchestral Conducting from Northwestern University.
For more information and tickets, visit www.ArsMusicaChicago.org or call 312-409-7874.  
Ars Musica Chicago presents
"Ladies and Gentlemen of the Baroque"
February 18, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
DePaul Art Museum of the Richardson Library
2350 North Kenmore (at Fullerton), Chicago
Ars Musica Baroque Ensemble featuring
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Nell Flandors and Garry Clarke, baroque violins
Ravenna Helson, baroque cello
Stephen Alltop, harpsichord/director
music of prominent male and rarely-heard female  
baroque composers including Barbara Strozzi,  
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Marco Uccellini,  
Arcangelo Corelli, Henry Purcell and a rediscovered,
newly authenticated work of George Frideric Handel  
$20 ($15 seniors; $5 students)
available at 312-409-7874  
or www.arsmusicachicago.org
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