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July 6-11, with pre-workshop day on July 5
Washington National Cathedral and the Cathedral College, Washington, DC

Chorworks Annual Summer Workshop
The Fam’d Italian Masters: Italian Choral Music from Ciconia to Monteverdi

The workshop will be led by Dr. Philip Cave, director of the early music ensembles Magnificat and Orpheus, with faculty members Sally Dunkley, Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, Robin Tyson, and Michael McCarthy. Participants will join in coaching sessions, workshops and demonstrations of rehearsal techniques, as well as more informal interactions with workshop faculty. There will be a pre-workshop day on July 5th with faculty member Dr. Patrick Walders for those who wish to spend a little more time learning the music.

In 1685 Henry Purcell said whilst composing his trio sonatas he had “faithfully endeavour’d a just imitation of the most fam’d Italian Masters,” and this year’s workshop considers the scope and influence of Italian composers from Ciconia to Monteverdi. There will be a wide range of sacred and secular music to sing and to hear from the 15th to the 17th centuries, including some well-known names like Palestrina, Allegri, Lotti, Monteverdi and Vivaldi, and some less familiar such as Cozzolani and Massaino.

The workshop is for all levels of singers from advanced high school upwards, for choir directors, and for those who simply wish to sit and listen and learn more about this glorious music, with an intensive six days of seminars, rehearsals and performances. Those who have not participated in one of our summer workshops before will be asked to send a preliminary audition tape. We aim to cater to a wide range of interests and experience of the participants. This year we shall offer a number of different pieces, some of which will be for everyone, and some by signing-up or audition during the workshop.

See www.philipcave.net/2010/italy.html for more information, or to apply for the workshop.

July 17 at 8:00 PM at DACOR Bacon House in Washington, DC
July 18 at 5:30 PM at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland

Die Zeit verzehrt die eignen Kinder
(Time consumes what time begets)

Elizabeth Hungerford, soprano
Andrew Arceci, viola da gamba
John McKean, harpsichord

The program will feature Georg Philipp Telemann’s cantata, Die Zeit verzehrt die eignen Kinder. Other works by Buxtehude, Monteverdi, Carissimi, Corelli, & J.S. Bach.

July 24 at 7:30 PM
Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Splendor of Four Centuries: 1580 to 1850

Music for transverse flutes, lute and guitar from the 16th through the early 19th century with Jeffrey Cohan on renaissance, baroque and classical period flutes, and Oleg Timofeyev on renaissance and baroque lute and the Russian 7-string guitar of the early 19th century.

The program will include 16th-century works by Diego Ortiz and Giovanni Bassano; combined early 17th-century settings of Psalm melodies by flutist Jakob Van Eyck and lutenist Nicholas Vallet; anonymous early baroque settings of Scottish folksongs for solo lute; early 18th-century songs for flute and lute by the legendary blind Irish harper Turlough O’Carolan; the traditional Scottish folk song “Bonny Jean” arranged by flutist Mr. Burk Thumoth in the mid-18th century; a sonata from Antonio Vivaldi’s Il Pastor Fido (the composer is now known to be Nicolas Chedeville); and from the early 19th century, Mauro Giuliani’s “Serenade for flute and guitar,” Opus 127, Louis François Drouet’s variations on “God Save the King” and other works with Russian seven-string guitar.

For more information, call (360) 445-3164.

July 31 at 7:30 PM
Capitol Hill Chamber Music Festival, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

The Musique de la Chambre of Louis XIV

present the music of Jean-Baptiste Lully, Marin Marais, Jacques Hotteterre, André Danican Philidor “l’ainé” and André Cheron with baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan, baroque violinist Risa Browder, viola da gambist John Moran and harpsichordist Joseph Gascho.

A wealth of innovation radiated from the musical establishment of Louis XIV. One of its primary divisions was the “Musique de la Chambre,” whose flutists serenaded Louis XIV from at least 1667, and who first made fashionable the new transverse flute of the late 17th-century and the baroque period. They were joined by viola da gambist Marin Marais in 1679 and in 1680 by guitarist Robert de Visée, the king’s guitar instructor, both of whom provided nightly serenades at the king's bedside.

The program will include selections from “Trios pour le coucher du Roi” (Trios to put the King to bed) from about 1667 by the king’s most influential court musician, Jean-Baptiste Lully, along with a suite from Marin Marais’ “Pièces en Trio” (1692), and a selection of pieces for two “dessus,” or melody instruments and bass (viola da gamba and harpsichord) from a remarkable and yet relatively unknown manuscript in the Library of Congress, dedicated in 1695 to the Duke of Bavaria, Elector Maximilian II Emanuel by André Danican Philidor “l’ainé,” Music Librarian to Louis XIV, as well as a suite by Jacques Hotteterre and a later trio by André Cheron.

For more information, call (360) 445-3164.

Coming This Month

Chorworks Annual Summer Workshop

Jeffrey Cohan & Oleg Timofeyev

Jeffrey Cohan, Risa Browder, John Moran, & Joseph Gascho