In 1762, John Christian Bach, youngest son of the old master, Johann Sebastian, journeyed to London for a lucrative position with the King’s Theatre. Shortly thereafter, he was appointed Music Master to Queen Charlotte Sophia (wife of “Mad” King George III) and the Royal Family. With a few close musical friends, the "London Bach" formed an ensemble to entertain Her Majesty in her private chambers: The Queen’s Chamber Band.
(US) La Donna Musicale celebrates Women’s History Month with the modern premiere performance of “Sofonisba” by 18th-century Italian composer Maria Teresa Agnesi.
Sophonisba: Heroic Queen.
Don't miss this tale of power, love, honor, and death presented by a cast of star singers and musicians in this extraordinary concert! March 25, Boston, MA & March 26, Arlington, MA. This is the first “opera seria” written by a woman composer.
Members of Musathena: Katherine Hill, soprano; Sheila Smyth & Valerie Sylvester, baroque violins; Rebecca Morton, baroque cello; Sara-Anne Churchill, harpsichord
Enjoy the rare opportunity to hear some exquisite music written by seldom-heard women composers of the Baroque. The programme will include works by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Barbara Strozzi, Isabella Leonarda and the enigmatic Mrs. Philarmonica. As an added bonus, the ensemble will be premiering a specially-commissioned work by Canadian composer Elizabeth Raum, a setting of a dialogue by Mary Sidney (1561-1621) in honour of Queen Elizabeth I. Countertenor Timothy Wong will join Musathena for this new work.
There is a strong connection between the composers featured in our concert and the acoustically brilliant Sistine Chapel. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, champion of Rome's Counter Reformation, needs little introduction to lovers of early music. His student, the Spaniard, Tomas Luis de Victoria will be also represented.
(US) NOW DOES THE GLORIOUS DAY APPEAR Music for the Royal Women of Britannia - American Bach Soloists Concert (2011 February 25-28)
Henry Purcell and George Frideric Handel took great joy in composing music for their royal patrons, Queens Mary II of England, Anne of Great Britain, and Caroline of Ansbach. Join ABS, the American Bach Choir, and a quintet of splendid vocal soloists for a rare treat of sumptuous music!
(FR) Le Concours de Sous-Maître de la Chapelle Royale de 1683 (The "Sous-Maître" Competition at the Chappelle Royalle of 1683)
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