Upcoming Concerts:

2013-2014 Season


 Musique Pour le Dauphin

  July 24, 2013 7:30pm Purchase tickets
  Gore Place 52 Gore St Waltham, MA 02453

  The title given to the heir apparent changed hands quickly in first fifteen years of the 18th century. Instrumental music from François Couperin and dela Barre is surrounded by two aquatic cantatas: Clérambault's Aréthuse was depicted with dolphins swimming about her head while Campra's fabled poet Arion was pictured with his lyre on the back of a dolphin.

 Mistress of Music

  March 4, 2014 7pm
  Amherst Town Library 14 Main Street, Amherst, NH

  Jane Austen's favorites: Schottische Lieder by Haydn, English songs with lyrics by a contemporary female poetess, and exotic songs indicative of the fascination with the lost American colonies and the new frontiers of the British empire in the Indies; with instrumental music by Neil Gow, Oswald, and Pleyel.

 Tainted Love

  March 21, 2014 1:30pm
  Boston University College of Fine Arts
855 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA

  In J.S. Bach's Wedding Cantata, the singer admonishes the flute to be silent! Alessandro Scarlatti's cantata Quella pace gradita is filled with the pangs of love and is set in contrast to Handel's treatment of the subject but Clérambault's depiction is the most abstract and disturbing.

 La Dame à licorne

  April 9, 2014 8pm   Marsh Chapel, Boston, MA

  Taste, hearing, sight, smell, touch, and à mon seul désir... a series of tapestries woven in Flanders in the late fifteenth century give this concert its name. Music from the air de cour repertory. Guest artist Catherine Liddell plays lute and theorbo.

 The Evolution of Grace

  April 10, 2014 6pm
  First Church Cambridge, Cambridge, MA

  French music from the seventeenth century: Performances of airs de cours, chansons à danser, and airs sérieux illustrate the shifting musical trends and simultaneous growth of petite grâce ornament signs. Lecture recital. Guest artist Catherine Liddell plays lute and theorbo.

Founding Fathers Across the Pond

  Abigail Adams' 1784 Parisian trip included trips organized by Jefferson tothe Concert Spirituel for Nabby and John Quincy. Repertoire sung by Jefferson's favorite soprano Mlle Rose Renaud and works by Chevalier de Saint-George.


Moody Food

"Give me some music; music, moody food
Of us that trade in love" (Antony and Cleopatra).

Music of Shakespeare's plays; the amorous, the bawdy, the heart-sore, and the melancholic.


Molière

  Music from Molière's stage including works by Lully and Charpentier.

  French Cultural Center
  Alliance Française of Boston and Cambridge


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