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Posted by: Charles Q. Sullivan Posted on: Mar 2nd, 2011, 4:17am
Early Music Now
Offering the mature expressions of established artists alongside the delight and promise of ensembles new to the early music scene.
Sinfonia New York: The Art & Ecstasy of the Chaconne ­– March 19 at 5:00 – UWM Zelazo Center
Contact:  Charles Q. Sullivan (414.225.3113 or info@earlymusicnow.org)
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The Art & Ecstasy of the Chaconne
Milwaukee’s Early Music Now (EMN) is one of the most respected early music presenters in the country, partly because of its efforts to maximize the community impact of its visiting artists. The upcoming visit by Sinfonia New York includes several collaborations with other area organizations and communities.
Sinfonia New York(www.gemsny.org/sinfonianewyork.html), a new orchestra shaped by New York’s finest period instrument players under the artistic direction of cellist Christine Gummere, made its debut at New York’s Town Hall in October 2007 under the direction of John Scott(www.concertartists.com/JS.html). Their Milwaukee program, “The Art and Ecstasy of the Chaconne: From the Streets of Spain to the Mind of Bach,” features several of the orchestra’s principal players plus soprano and two Baroque dancers, and will be presented at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 5:00 on Saturday, March 19th.
Mr. Scott was the former organist and director of music at St. Paul Cathedral (London), and currently serves as director of music at St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (New York). Other performers in the Milwaukee weekend include Judson Griffin (violin and viola), Claire Jolivet (violin), Theresa Saloman (violin and viola), Christine Gummere (cello), Sandra Miller (flute and piccolo), Grant Herreid (lute and theorbo), Avi Stein (harpsichord), Nell Snaidas (soprano), and Patricia Beaman and Carlos Fittante (Baroque dancers).
The concert traces the origin and the development of the chaconne through music of Aranes, Bach, Bertali, Couperin, Encina, Leclair, Lully, Mazzocchi, Monteverdi, Purcell, and Stölzel. Sometimes called “the most unbridled and passionate of dances,” the chaconne found its way from the streets of Spain into the courts of Europe, eventually leading to its ban by the Spanish Inquisition.
Taking advantage of the extraordinary talent that will be in town for this concert, Early Music Now has arranged for multiple collaborations in addition to the main Saturday concert by Sinfonia NY.  Opportunities include: sessions exploring the physicality and musical expression of the chaconne for dance, music performance, and music education students at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee on Friday (March 18); an organ recital by John Scott at The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist on Friday (March 18) at 7:30(www.stjohncathedral.org/finearts), cosponsored with the American Guild of Organists–Milwaukee Chapter; and a lecture/demonstration on English organ music at 2:00 on Sunday afternoon (March 20th) at Kenwood United Methodist Church (contact: musicdirector@kenwood-umc.org), also cosponsored with the American Guild of Organists–Milwaukee Chapter.
Tickets for the Sinfonia New York concert at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts at 5:00 on Saturday, March 19th are available from Early Music Now online at www.earlymusicnow.org, by phone at 414.225.3113, or by mail at 759 N. Milwaukee Street, Suite 420, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202. General Admission tickets for priced at $25 for adults and seniors, and $10 for students; and Preferred Seating priced at $40 for adults and seniors, and $20 for students. The Saturday concert is preceded at 3:00 by Early Music Now’s annual Silent Auction and Chocolate Reception, also at the UWM Zelazo Center. No ticket is required for the auction and reception, which is open to the public. Sinfonia New York concert tickets are also available at the UWM Fine Arts Box Office, 414.229.4308.
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