Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
in our 2014-2015 Season

Proudly continues the local

COMMEMORATION of the 300th BIRTHDAY of CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH (1714-1788)

Bach Silhouette

CONCERT THREE
Fall 2014

FOCUS ON HAMBURG: Music for "Connoisseurs and Amateurs"
Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.
Church of the Angels

1100 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105

Andrew MacIntoshPreethi de SilvaRoger Lebow
Click here for artists' bios

Andrew McIntosh, baroque violin
Roger Lebow, baroque violoncello
Preethi de Silva, fortepiano/director

Solos for fortepiano: from Six Collections of Keyboard Sonatas, Free Fantasias and Rondos
for Connoisseurs and Amateurs
          Fantasie in F major, Wq. 59/5 (H. 279)
          Sonata in G major, Wq. 55/6 (H. 187)
From Sonata in C minor for violin and obbligato fortepiano, Wq. 78 (H. 514)
          ii. Adagio ma non troppo
Trio in F major for fortepiano, accompanied by a violin and a violoncello,
          Wq. 91/3 (H. 533)
Solo for fortepiano: Rondo in E-flat major, Wq. 61/1 (H. 288)
Clavier-Fantasie, “C.P.E. Bach’s Sentiments,” for fortepiano accompanied by a violin,
          Wq. 80 (H. 536)
Trio in C major for fortepiano, accompanied by a violin and a violoncello,
          Wq. 90/3 (H. 524)

General admission: $25
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, AMS, and Friends of Con Gioia: $20
Students (with ID) and children: $15.

Tickets (to be held at the door) available online for Concert III after September 4, 2014 at www.congioia.org or by mailing a check before October 7 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.
For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

 

COMMEMORATION of the 300th BIRTHDAY of CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH (1714-1788)

Bach Silhouette

CONCERT FOUR
Spring 2015

SWAN SONG AND REMINISCENCES

Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Church

301 North Orange Grove
Pasadena, CA 91103

MDLPreethi de SilvaPMS-PHF
Click here for for conductor’s and soloists’ biographies

Michael Deane Lamkin, guest conductor
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and fortepiano/director

Harriet Fraser, soprano
Patricia Mabee, harpsichord
Julie Long and Sherril Wood, transverse flute
Suzette Moriarty and Annie Bosler, natural horn
Anne Rardin and Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin; concertmistresses
Alfred Cramer, baroque violin
Clifford Goodrich, baroque viola
Alexa Pilon, baroque ’cello
Denise Briesé, violone

Fantasia in C major for fortepiano, Wq. 59/6 (H. 284)
          from Keyboard Sonatas, Free Fantasias, and Rondos Music for Connoisseurs and Amateurs
Arias for soprano and string ensemble from the Oratorio, Israeliten in der Wüste, W. 238 (H. 775)
          No. 7: Aria, “O, bringt uns zu jenen Mauren.
          No. 3: Aria, “Will er, das sein Vollk verderbe?
Concerto D major for harpsichord, two flutes, two horns and strings Wq. 43/2 (H. 472)
          Michael Deane Lamkin, guest conductor
“Berlin” Symphony no. 2 in G major for strings and basso continuo, Wq. 173 (H. 648)
Double Concerto in E-flat major for harpsichord and fortepiano, with two flutes, two horns,
          and strings, Wq. 47 (H. 479)
          Michael Deane Lamkin, guest conductor

General admission: $35
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, AMS, and Friends of Con Gioia: $25
Students (with ID) and children: $15.

Tickets (to be held at the door) available online for Concert IV after September 4, 2014 at www.congioia.org or by mailing a check before March 30, 2015 to: Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.

For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
in our 2013-2014 Season

Proudly leads the local

COMMEMORATION of the 300th BIRTHDAY
of
CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH

(1714-1788)

Bach

Co-sponsored by
LOGO

CONCERT TWO
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (b. March 8, 1714):
A 300TH BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: http://www.cpebach.de/en/2014/other/events/984

MUSIC FOR BERLIN AND HAMBURG

Saturday, March 8, 2014            4:00 p.m.

Thayer Hall, Colburn School of Music
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Parking available beneath Walt Disney Concert Hall (entering from 2nd St), among other nearby locations

Stephen SchultzPreethi de SilvaJanet StraussAndrew MacIntoshSuzanna Giordano-GignacWoodwardGolden
Click here for artists' bios

Stephen Schultz, transverse flute
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord & fortepiano/director

Janet Strauss, violin
Andrew McIntosh, violin
Suzanna Giordano-Gignac, viola
Leif Woodward, violoncello
Gabriel Golden, violone

Sonata in C minor for two violins and basso continuo
(Sanguineus und Melancholicus), H. 579/Wq. 161/1
          (A musical dialogue with an unfolding of the drama)
Concerto in G major for flute and strings, H. 435/Wq. 169
Concerto in D minor for harpsichord and strings, H. 427/Wq. 23
Quartet for fortepiano, flute, viola and cello, H. 538/Wq. 94

General admission: $25
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, AMS, and Friends of Con Gioia: $20
Students (with ID) and children: $15.

Tickets (to be held at the door) available online for Concert I and Concert II (below) after October 1, 2013 at www.congioia.org or by mailing a check after October 15 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.
For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

CONCERT ONE
MUSIC FOR BERLIN: The Early Years

Sunday, November 17, 2013            3:30 p.m.

At the Historic
Church of the Angels (http://www.coa-pasadena.org)
1100 Avenue 64
Pasadena, CA 91105

Julie Long, transverse flute
Janet Worsley Strauss, baroque violin
Shanon Zusman, viola da gamba
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and director

Julie LongJanet StraussShanon ZusmanPreethi de Silva
Click here for artists' bios

Keyboard Fantasia in C minor (Hamlet) from SonataVI (Probestücke)
Sonata in G minor for harpsichord, H. 47/Wq. 65/17
Sonata in C major for obbligato harpsichord and violin, H. 504/Wq. 73
Sonata in G minor for obbligato harpsichord and viola da gamba, H. 510/Wq. 88
Trio Sonata in E major for flute, violin and b.c. H. 580/Wq. 162

General admission: $25
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, AMS, and Friends of Con Gioia: $20
Students (with ID) and children: $15.

Tickets (to be held at the door) available online for Concert I and Concert II (below) after October 1, 2013 at www.congioia.org or by mailing a check after October 15 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.
For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

Sunday, February 17, 2013            4:00 p.m.

Church of the Angels
1100 Avenue 64, Pasadena, 91105

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Presents

FRENCH CONNECTIONS
Eighteenth-century Music for Paris

Janet Worsley Strauss, baroque violin
Andrew McIntosh, baroque violin
Julie Long, baroque flute
Shanon Zusman, viola da gamba
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and director

Julie LongShanon ZusmanJanet StraussAndrew MacIntoshPreethi de Silva
Click here for artists' bios

Marin Marais Sonnerie de St. Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Jean Ph. Rameau Les Soupirs (Pièces de clavecin)
François Couperin L’Amphibie (Pièces de clavecin, Book IV)
Jean Marie Leclair Deuxième Récréation de Musique, op. 8
Couperin Le Parnasse ou L’Apothéose de Corelli
Georg Ph. Telemann “Paris Quartet” no. 4 in B minor

General admission: $25
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, Scripps, and Friends of Con Gioia: $20
Students (with ID): $10.

Tickets available after January 3, 2013 at www.congioia.org
or mail a check before February 12 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.
For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

Sunday, October 14, 2012            4:00 p.m.

Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

Presents

MUSIC AT THE COURT OF KING FREDERICK THE GREAT  

Stephen Schultz, baroque flute
M. Anne Rardin
, baroque violin
Shanon Zusman
, viola da gamba
Preethi de Silva
, director and fortepiano

Stephen SchultzM. Anne RardinPreethi de SilvaShanon Zusman
Click here for artists' bios

Frederick II Sonata III in B minor for Flute and Basso Continuo
C. P. E. Bach Poco Adagio and Allegro from
       Sonata in A major for Fortepiano, H. 186
  Sonata in G major for Flute, Violin, and Basso Continuo, H. 568
J. J. Quantz Sonata in A major for Flute and Basso Continuo, No. 351, QV. 1:143
J. S. Bach Selections from The Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Ricercare á 3 for Fortepiano
Canon Perpetuus (Mirror Canon) and
Trio Sonata in C minor for Flute, Violin, and Basso Continuo

This concert commemorates the tercentenary of the musically gifted Frederick II
A reception follows the concert.

Co-sponsored by
LOGO

General admission: $25
Seniors, members of SCEMS, EMA, Scripps, and Friends of Con Gioia: $20
Students (with ID): $15.

Tickets available after September 4 at www.congioia.org
or mail a check before October 7 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.
For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

Sunday, May 20, 2012            5:00 p.m.

Shatto Chapel
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
performing
on Period instruments

Presents

A TASTE OF CLASSICAL VIENNA 

E. Scott Levin, baritone
Janet Worsley Strauss, violin            
Suzanna Giordano-Gignac, viola
Preethi de Silva, director, Viennese–style fortepiano

Preethi DeSilvaE. Scott LevinJanet StraussSuzanna Giordano-Gignac
Click here for artists' bios

Mozart Sonata for Violin and Fortepiano in G major, K. 379
Marianna von Auenbrugger Sonata in E-flat major for Fortepiano
Mozart Duo in G major for Violin and Viola, K. 423
Beethoven Selections of Songs for Baritone and Fortepiano with Texts by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (op. 52, op.75 and op. 83) and Friedrich von Matthisson (Adelaide, op. 46)

General admission: $25

Seniors, Friends of Con Gioia, EMA, SCEMS: $20
Students with ID and children: $15.

Tickets available at www.congioia.org after April 10 or mail a check before May 12 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.

For further information call 909.624.0638

 

Friday, March 9, 2012,          8 p.m.

Concerts at the Library of Congress
Coolidge Auditorium, Jefferson Bldg.
Library of Congress                        
Washington D.C.

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Presents

Commemorating an Originalgenie:
A Birthday Tribute to Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
(b. March 8, 1714–d. December 14, 1788)

JULIANNE BAIRD, soprano (artist's website)
PREETHI de SILVA, harpsichord and fortepiano

Julianne BairdPreethi DeSilva

“Julianne Baird is a vocal phenomenon . . . a rare and wondrous voice guided by
an extraordinary musical intelligence.”                             —Fanfare
“Ms. de Silva has a profound understanding
of [CPE] Bach’s idiosyncratic language.”

                                                                                     —Early Music, U.K.

C.P.E. Bach Lied am Geburtstage (Birthday Song),
H. 686/38 (Wq. 194/37)
  Fantasia in A major, H. 278 (Wq. 58/7)          
  Sonata in G minor, H. 47 (Wq. 65/17)
George Frideric Handel Deh, fuggi un traditore (Radamisto)
  Cara sposa amato bene (Radamisto)
  Scherza in mar la navicella (Lotario)
C.P.E. Bach Fantasia in C minor, H. 75 (Wq. 63/6)
Version with text adapted from Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Arr. Heinrich Wilhelm Gerstenberg

  Sonata in A major, H. 186 (Wq. 55/4)
Joseph Haydn Cantata, Arianna a Naxos, Hob: XXVIb:2

For detailed ticket information see:
http://www.loc.gov/rr/perform/concert/1112-tickets.html

For announcement only, click here for PDF file.

 

Sunday, October 16, 2011            4:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena
301 Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
Presents

“PLAY from the SOUL” (CPE Bach): Heeding the Composer’s Advice

A Harpsichord Recital

featuring

Preethi de Silva

Internationally acclaimed soloist and
Artistic Director of Con Gioia
performing on her unique German-style harpsichord
made by John Phillips

“Ms. de Silva has a profound understanding of CPE Bach’s idiosyncratic language.” 
                                                                                              —Early Music, UK


C.P.E. Bach Fantasia in A major, H. 278 (Wq. 58/7)
 

Sonata in G minor, H.47 (Wq. 65/17)

Preethi de Silva Pas de deux and Prelude
J. S. Bach Partita no. 4 in D Major, BWV 828
D. Scarlatti Two Sonatas
Jacques Duphly La Forqueray and Chaconne in F

General admission: $25
Seniors, Friends of Con Gioia, EMA, SCEMS: $20:
Students with ID, children under 12: $12



Tickets available at www.congioia.org or mail a check before October 9 to: Con Gioia 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.  For further information, call 909.624.0638

 

 

 

Sunday, March 6, 2011            3:00 p.m.
At an historic residence in San Marino, CA  91108
Address will be printed on tickets

Con Gioia
EARLY MUSIC ENSEMBLE

30th anniversary Gala Concert
and West Coast Début of Internationally Acclaimed


Male soprano

Michael Maniaci

Michael Maniaci

with M. Anne Rardin, baroque violin; Danielle Cummins, baroque violin; Denise Briesé, viola da gamba and violone; Jason Yoshida, baroque guitar and lute; and
Preethi de Silva, director, harpsichord

"The amazing male soprano Michael Maniaci [is] headed for a major career."
                                                            --New York Times
Michael Maniaci's website

"[Preethi de Silva] moves effortlessly from wit to virtuosity to expressive or
fantastic passages, rarely crossing the narrow dividing line between the
expressive and self-indulgent."
                                                            --Early Music (Oxford, UK)

The Food of Love

Henry Purcell Selection of songs and airs
Giulio Caccini Selections from Le Nuove musiche
Barbara Strozzi Cantata: Lagrime mie
Nicola Porpora Alto Giove  (Polifemo)
Bach Laudamus te (Mass in B minor)
  Schliesse mein Herze (Christmas Oratorio)
Handel Arias from Giulio Cesare, Imeneo, Flavio, and Agrippina
  Chaconne in G with 21 Variations for Solo Harpsichord

Admission to concert & reception: $75, by prior reservation ONLY (until 10 a.m.,on 3/5/2011)

Or please send a check by 3/1/2011 to Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711

For more information, call 909.624.0638
E-mail: info@congioia.org

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2010      8 p.m.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103

Con Gioia

Homage to Bach

Swiss virtuoso
CHIARA BANCHINI, baroque violin
and
PREETHI de SILVA, harpsichord

"Banchini caresses the music;
she fills her playing with passion."
                               -Fanfare, U.K.

"Ms. de Silva has a profound understanding
of [CPE] Bach's idiosyncratic language."
                                -Early Music, U.K.

harpsichord

J.S. Bach Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017
   Sonata in G major, BWV 1019
Tomaso Albinoni Sonata in A minor
  (basso continuo by Kirnberger/J.S. Bach)
Francesco Bonporti Invenzione in E minor, op.10, no. 8
Joh. Joseph Vilsmayr Partita in A major for solo violin
C.P.E. Bach Folies d'Espagne for harpsichord

This event is presented in association with:





Buy Tickets Now

General Admission $25
Seniors (over 65) / Fullbright alumni $20
Friends of Con Gioia / SCEMS / EMA $20
Students (with ID) $12
Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Tickets may also be purchased by mailing a check before Oct. 15 to:

Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.

E-mail: info@congioia.org

 

 

SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010       8 p.m.
Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Con Gioia

and the
Sri Lanka Foundation

present

MUSIC FOR 'CELLO AND HARPSICHORD


WORLD-RENOWNED ’CELLIST

ROHAN de SARAM

will be featured with

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED HARPSICHORDIST

PREETHI de SILVA

in a recital of Western and Asian-influenced  music


Rohan de Saram Preethi de Silva

"de Saram is a cello phenomenon, one of the greatest cellists of our time."
--Kölnische Rundschau, Germany   (see www.rohandesaram.co.uk)

"de Silva is a musician of great accomplishment and imagination."
--The Daily Telegraph, London

Program

J.S. Bach Sonatas in D major, BWV 1028
   and G minor, BWV 1029
      and Suite No. 3 in C for 'cello
L. Boccherini  Sonata in A Major, G.4
P. Locatelli Il Labirinto Armonico
(trans. Rohan de Saram)
Preethi de Silva Solos for Harpsichord

and the US première of ...beyond the reach of the world...  for 'cello
by Indian composer Param Vir.   (see www.paramvir.net)

 

Buy Tickets Now

VIP Reserved Seats $50
General Admission $30
Seniors (over 65) $25
Friends of Con Gioia / SCEMS / EMA  
Students (with ID) $15

E-mail: info@congioia.org

 

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2009            4:00 P.M.
Ross Chapel
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301 N. Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91103
[map]

MUSICAL SIRENS
FROM RUSSIA AND EUROPE

An evening of first performances and anniversaries

Anne Harley
[link to website]

featuring
internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano
Anne Harley
with
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and director
Elisabeth Le Guin, baroque ‘cello

Songs by Russian princesses Dashkova and Kurakina and the Countess Golovina
(First performances in Los Angeles)
Cantata La Lucrezia by Handel (d. 1759) and songs by Purcell (b. 1659)
Opera arias by Paisiello
and  the
Margravine Wilhelmine von Bayreuth (d. 1759)
(Presumed to be the first performance in Los Angeles)
Variations on Folies d’Espagne for harpsichord by CPE Bach

Adults: $25
Seniors, Friends of Con Gioia, members of SCEMS and EMA: $20
Students (with ID): $15
Patrons and Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Tickets may also be purchased by mailing a check before Oct. 22 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711

 

 

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2009       8 p.m.
Herbert Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Handel & Haydn

Julianne Baird
Julianne Baird, soprano
[link to website]

Gala program commemorating of the anniversaries of the deaths of Handel (d. 1759) and Haydn (d. 1809), and featuring distinguished guest artist Julianne Baird, soprano; Michael DuPree, baroque oboe; M. Anne Rardin, baroque violin; Danielle Cummins, baroque violin; Roger Lebow, baroque 'cello; Jason Yoshida, baroque guitar and lute; and Preethi de Silva, director, harpsichord and fortepiano.

Arias by Handel from operas and oratorios (Agrippina, Semele, and Judas Maccabaeus); cantatas (Apollo & Dafne, No se emendará jamás); and the complete cantata, Mi Palpita il cor. Selections from trio sonatas and harpsichord works.

Haydn's cantata, Arianna a Naxos

General Admission: $25; seniors, members of SCEMS and EMA: $20
Friends of Con Gioia: $15; Students (with ID) and children: $10.
Patrons and Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Tickets may also be purchased by mailing a check before Feb. 25 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2008       4 p.m.
Shatto Chapel
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles
540 South Commonwealth Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90020

Stephen Schultz
Stephen Schultz, flauto traverso
[link to website]
"Remarkable and phenomenal"
-San Francisco Examiner

and

Preethi de Silva
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and fortepiano
"Preethi de Silva impressed us as a musician of great accomplishment and imagination."
-The Daily Telegraph, London

performing at the
75th Los Angeles Bach Festival of the
First Congregational Church of Los Angeles

BACH, BAROQUE, AND BEYOND

François Couperin
  Premier Concert (Concerts royaux)
for flute and basso continuo
Georg Philipp Telemann   Fantasia no. 14 in G major for flute
J.S. Bach   Sonata in B minor
for flute and obbligato harpsichord, BWV 1030
    Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 858
(Das Wohltemperirte Klavier, I)
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
  Sonata in E major
for flute and obbligato harpsichord, Wq. 84/H. 506
    Rondo in A minor for fortepiano, Wq. 56/H.392
Franz Anton Hoffmeister   Sonata in G, op.14, for flute and fortepiano

General Admission: $25; seniors, members of SCEMS and EMA: $20
Friends of Con Gioia: $15; Students (with ID) and children: $10.
Patrons and Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Prepaid reservations by mail (tickets to be held at the door).
Please send checks by October 21 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711 
909.624.0638


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2008       8 p.m.
Zipper Concert Hall at the Colburn School
200 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Music of Love, Lamentation, and Joy
Vocal works by Purcell, Dowland, Buxtehude, Bach, and Handel, and music for harpsichord by Froberger.

featuring
Internationally acclaimed opera and oratorio star
Juliana Gondek, mezzo soprano
[link to website]
and
Clifton Massey, countertenor
[link to bio]
with
M. Anne Rardin, baroque violin
Jason Yoshida, baroque guitar and lutes
Denise Briesé, viola da gamba and violone

and
Preethi de Silva, director; harpsichord

Performance by Michael Maniaci, male soprano, has been cancelled due to illness.

General Admission: $25; seniors, members of SCEMS and EMA: $20
Friends of Con Gioia: $15; Students (with ID) and children: $10.
Patrons and Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Prepaid reservations by mail (tickets to be held at the door).
Please send checks by February 18 to:
Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711 
909.624.0638

 

Music from Jane Austen’s Collection

Renowned soprano Julianne Baird
with fortepianist, Preethi de Silva
and Alfred Cramer, violinist
and readings from Austen’s novels by
British actress Michelle Arthur

Songs by Handel, Gluck, Arne, Dibdin, Storace et al. Instrumental music by Haydn
and Maria Hester Park nèe Reynolds

Sunday, February 4, 2007. 5:00 p.m.
Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church
301, North Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

General admission: $25; Seniors, SCEMS, EMA: $20; Friends of Con Gioia $18; students (with ID)15; children $12. Prepaid reservations (to be held at the door) accepted) until
Feb. 2. Please send checks to Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711

 

Sunday, November 19, 2006    5:30 p.m.

Mozart’s Milieu: Austro-German Keyboard Works by Mozart’s Contemporaries

A solo recital by our artistic director Preethi de Silva, fortepiano
performing on a rare copy of an 18th-century Viennese-style piano

J. G. Müthel   Arioso and XII Variations in G major
J. G. Eckard   Six Variations on the Menuet d’Exaudet
C. Ph. E. Bach   Fantasy in C major, H. 284 [W. 59/6]
W.A. Mozart   Fantasy in C minor, K. 475 and
Sonata in C minor, K. 457
Leopold Koželuch   Sonata in F minor, op. 38, no.3

At the Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 E. Union Street, Pasadena, CA 91101

General admission: $18; seniors; Members of PMCA, SCEMS, EMA $15;
Friends of Con Gioia, students (with ID) and children: $10.
Patrons and Benefactors of Con Gioia receive free admission with prior reservation.

Prepaid reservations for tickets to be held at the door.
Please send checks to: Con Gioia, 1020 Kent Drive, Claremont, CA 91711.

 

Spring 2006

March 24, 2006   Scripps College, Claremont.

Con Gioia with guest artists of the Novello Quartet, San Francisco.

Performance in conjunction with Mozart at 250—a conference to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth. See March 26th program below.

Ensemble - Click to Enlarge
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March 26, 2006, 5:30 p.m.

Con Gioia with guest artists of the Novello Quartet, San Francisco.

Special ALL-MOZART concert in collaboration with the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Pasadena Museum of California Art, 490 East Union St., Pasadena
Works by Mozart, including the Piano Concerto in A Major, K. 414; Fanatasy in c minor, K. 475; a string quartet, Duo in G for violin and viola, K.  ; Piano Quartet in G minor, K. ; and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt’s Mozart-Adagio. (Program subject to change).

 

Fall 2005

Artistic Director Preethi de Silva invited to perform at two events in Germany:

September 25, 2005
Palace of Oranienburg
Festival der Künste

A collaborative performance with Friedrich Wilhelm Prince of Prussia and actor Max Volkert Martens, including readings of correspondence between the prince’s ancestors—the two composer-performers, King Frederic the Great of Prussia and his beloved sister Margravine Wilhelmine of Bayreuth. The event was held at the Orangerie of the Palace of Oranienburg.

October 16, 2005  8:00 p.m.
Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg
Claviermusik der Empfindsamkeit

Preethi de Silva performed works by C. P. E. Bach, J. G. Eckard, J. G. Müthel und W. A. Mozart on two original eighteenth-century fortepianos from the museum's famous collection of noteworthy European instruments.

Spring 2005

Saturday, April 2, 7:30 p.m.

Balch Auditorium, Scripps College, Claremont,
and
Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.
Cathedral Center of St. Paul at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles

Haydn and the Eternal Feminine

MaryBeth Haag, soprano
Preethi de Silva, fortepiano
Janet Worsely Strauss, violin
Benjamin Wyatt, ‘cello

Solo and chamber music Joseph Haydn composed for women performers, as well as a rarely performed work by his contemporary, Marianna Auenbrugger.

Haydn:
Cantata for Soprano and Fortepiano: Lines on the Battle of the Nile Variations in F minor for Fortepiano, Hob. XVII:6;
Fortepiano Trios in E-Major and B-flat Major, Hob. XV:20 and 29

Marianna Auenbrugger:
Sonata for Fortepiano in E-Flat Major—a work by Haydn’s contemporary, who was a dedicatee of several of his piano sonatas.

Fall 2004

Saturday, April 2, 2004, 8 p.m.
Garrison Theater, Performing Arts Center, Scripps College, Claremont, CA

Sunday, April 3, 4 p.m.
Cathedral Center of St. Paul at 840 Echo Park Avenue, Los Angeles

Music for Recorders, Transverse Flute, and Harpsichord or Basso continuo

Matthias Maute, recorders and transverse flute
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord

Known for his stunning blend of dazzling virtuosity and colorful expressivity, Matthias Maute is recognized as one of the foremost recorder players of his generation. He is a first-prize winner of the Musica Antiqua competition in Bruges, Belgium.  A founding member of Trio Passagio, and artistic director of Ensemble Caprice, Mr. Maute is also a member of the Baroque ensemble REBEL. He has been featured at early music festivals around the world, including those of Utrecht, Bruges, Berlin, Kassel, Schwetzingen, Stuttgart and Avignon.  His recordings can be heard on prestigious labels including Vanguard Classics, Antes Editions and Dorian Recordings.

The program in Los Angeles included Arcangelo Corelli’s well-known Variations on La Follia, Sonata Quarta by Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Telemann’s Sonata in C Major and Mealli’s Sonata La Bernabea for recorder; and J. S. Bach’s Sonata in E minor (BWV 1034) for transverse flute, as well as solo works by de Silva and Maute.

 

Spring 2004

March 10, 2004, 8 p.m.
Garrison Theater,  Performing Arts Center, Scripps College, Claremont
and
March 13, 2004, 8 p.m.
Shatto Chapel at the First Congregational Church, 540 South Commonwealth Ave., Los Angeles

 

Music for Violin, Harpsichord, and Fortepiano

Monica Huggett and Preethi de Silva
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Monica Huggett, violin
Preethi de Silva, harpsichord and fortepiano

British baroque violinist Monica Huggett was the featured guest artist in Con Gioia’s concerts on March 10 and 13, 2004.

The program included Heinrich Biber’s Sonata V in E minor (1681), Arcangelo Corelli’s Sonata in C major, op. 5 no. 3, and J. S. Bach’s Sonata in B minor (BWV 1014) for violin and harpsichord. They were followed by two works for violin and fortepiano: the rarely performed Sonata in G minor by French composer Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de Saint-Georges, and Sonata in B-flat major, K. 454 by Mozart. Saint-Georges, whose mother was of Caribbean descent, was born in Guadeloupe and educated in France. He earned considerable recognition as a composer in Europe in the late 18th century. Ms. Huggett, who recently performed one of St. Georges violin concertos as soloist and conductor of the Portland Baroque Orchestra, also performed the Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D minor, BWV 1004 for solo violin.

 

MUSIC REVIEW
Staying faithful to the sound   LOS ANGELES TIMES    March 15, 2004  
Violinist and accompanist find the soul of 17th and 18th century music on period instruments.
BY RICHARD S. GINELL
Special to The Times

   The hardy, long-running Los Angeles Bach Festival – 71 seasons strong and counting – doesn’t officially get going until March 28.  But for those who couldn’t wait, there was a notable “pre-festival concert,” sponsored by Claremont’s Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble, in the First Congregational Church’s Shatto Chapel on Saturday night: a recital by one of the leading lights of the Baroque violin, Monica Huggett.

   No mere hodgepodge of 17th and 18th century music, Huggett’s program was helpfully sequenced in chronological order, a history lesson not only in style but in choices of instruments.  Huggett’s keyboard partner, Con Gioia founder and music director Preethi de Silva, spent the first half playing a harpsichord lavishly decorated with Japanese figures, switching to a fortepiano in the second.  For her part, Huggett switched from a Baroque bow to a 1770-vintage prototype of a modern bow; the latter’s ability to sustain notes and dig was striking.

   Huggett and de Silva opened with the ever-unpredictable Heinrich Ignaz von Biber’s Sonata No.5 – a piece loaded with streaky virtuoso flights and quirky tempo changes. Despite the blurring limitations of her Baroque instrument, Huggett next caught the rhythms and generated some incisive attacks in Corelli’s Sonata in C major, Opus 5, No. 3, and the finale of J.S. Bach’s sonata in B minor, BWV 1014, was especially turbulent and exhilarating.

   Even in these musicologically correct times, it still comes as a mild shock to hear the oft-heard Bach Chaconne – with its daunting legacy of high-wattage interpretations by the 20th century’s great violinists – played on the lighter, thinner-toned Baroque violin.  Huggett handled the work very freely, altering some of the note values in the process, with some loss of tension midway through, yet bearing down nicely toward the close.

   Switching to the 1770 bow for the first time, the violinist, with de Silva, then turned to a pleasing, energetic classical-styled sonata for fortepiano and obbligato violin by Guadeloupe-born contemporary of Mozart, Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges – violinist, composer and skilled swordsman. Huggett was also well-attuned to the wit within Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major, K.454, and de Silva proved to be a particularly expressive performer on the fortepiano.

 

Archives of previous concert information coming soon.

de Saint-Georges – violinist, composer and skilled swordsman. Huggett was also well-attuned to the wit within Mozart’s Sonata in B-flat major, K.454, and de Silva proved to be a particularly expressive performer on the fortepiano.

 

Archives of previous concert information coming soon.