About the 2017-18 Season

Circles and Spheres of Inspiration and Influence

Our 2017-18 season will take you on a musical journey that encompasses an array of musical styles and topics sparked by concepts of circles and spheres.

Our opening program in October, Bach’s Dresden Circle, explores the opulent, trend-setting musical culture of the Dresden court admired by Johann Sebastian Bach. The style cultivated there emphasized melodic beauty and naturalness over Baroque complexity, and Bach enjoyed taking his eldest son there to hear “the lovely Dresden ditties.” This program features exciting works by the virtuoso musicians who rubbed shoulders with Bach, including Vinci, Hasse, Pisendel, Buffardin and others.

Our December holiday concert, Follow the Star, offers glorious cantatas and instrumental works written for Epiphany, inspired by the “Star of Wonder.”  A highlight will be the regional premiere of Christoph Graupner’s Epiphany cantata Der Stern aus Jakob. Three soloists—soprano Jessica Petrus, alto Catherine Hedberg, and tenor Jason Wang—join the ensemble. The program also includes radiant cantatas by Telemann and Geist, along with instrumental works by Corrette and others.

Our March program, Many Happy Returns, will have audiences swooning over delectable pieces featuring chaconnes, passacailles and other “orbiting” ground basses. These movements are embedded in beautiful works of François and Louis Couperin, Telemann, Purcell, and others. Soprano Teresa Wakim returns to sing with the ensemble for this delightful program.

Our season finale in April, Mozart and His Spheres of Influence, brings to life the spirited interactions Mozart had with many of his musical colleagues. Much of the knowledge we have about Mozart’s life, personality, and influences comes from the hundreds of letters he penned. His lively correspondence with family and musical friends reveals his keen perceptiveness and irreverent wit. This program spotlights instrumental works by the master and some of his Mannheim colleagues, including Wendling, Myslivecek, Cannabich and others. Special guest host Laura Carlo will be on hand to read intriguing excerpts from his colorful letters.

We look forward to sharing all of these musical riches with you and to meeting you at our post-concert receptions!

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