In the early 1700s, it was Telemann, not J.S. Bach, who was considered the greatest of the German composers. As music director of the five churches in Hamburg , Telemann wrote a prodigious amount of sacred music, including over a thousand cantatas. But he went beyond the traditional role of the composer, also writing opera (a decision that the church did not appreciate) as well as numerous secular cantatas, songs, suites, sonatas and instrumental music.
He traveled widely, and his music absorbed the influences of the latest French and Italian styles. He believed his music should be played and heard widely, and promoted public concerts and worked to expand the music publishing industry. This program of chamber music will draw on his vast repertoire and highlight the amazing variety of his musical compositions.
Sunday, March 16 — 3:00 p.m.
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike
Free admission thanks to the generous sponsorship of Woodmont Christian Church.
The program will include a wide variety of chamber music by Telemann: trio sonatas, a "Paris" quartet, solo works for flute and harpsichord, and the cantata for alto and flute, "Wandelt in der Liebe."
Thank you to everyone who turned out for our quasi-annual Messiah Sing-In at Christ Church Cathedral — great fun was had by performers and audience (chorus!) alike. A few highlights from a review:
"As usual, Music City Baroque's musicians did a splendid job ... [Guest Director Brian] Russell led a performance that was remarkable for its clear, light textures and springy dance rhythms."
"The exultant sixteenth-note roulades rolled effortlessly off the tongues of the singers in For unto us a child is born.... Their performance was joyous, buoyant and energetic." — John Pitcher, artsnash.com
Read the complete review.
Music City Baroque is excited to announce the first concert of our 2013-14 season. Violinist Allison Edberg joins us as guest director and soloist for a program exploring music of the Italian and French Baroque.
Sunday, October 13 — 3:00 p.m.
Turner Recital Hall, Blair School of Music
2400 Blakemore Ave
This program includes a concerto for viola d'amore by Vivaldi, with Allison Edberg as the soloist, as well as another Vivaldi concerto for two violins and cello, and music by Dall'Abaco. The second half of the program moves to France, with a music by Couperin and a suite of music from Lully's Bourgeois Gentilhomme.
For more details about this performance and the other concerts in our season, visit our concerts page.