Sunday Music Series
Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble Presents La Veneziana
Music of Barbara Strozzi and Contemporaries
December 3rd, 4 p.m.
The Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble brings its mastery of the baroque to the arias and cantatas of Barbara Strozzi, a celebrated Italian singer of the mid 17th century and one of the leading composers of vocal chamber music in the baroque period. Sian Ricketts, soprano, Tracy Cowart, mezzo-soprano, Rachel Evans and Boel Gidholm, violins, Hsuan-Wen Chen, harpsichord and Richard Kolb, theorbo & archlute will perform Strozzi compositions noted for their melodic inventiveness, passionate expressiveness, and harmonic twists. The vocal music will be complemented with lively violin sonatas and dances by composers active in Strozzi's circle. The 4:00 pm concert at the historic Cold Spring landmark on the banks of the Hudson is free but donations are welcome.
La Veneziana delivers a festive finale to the 2017 Sunday Music Series season. Labyrinth Baroque Ensemble members are virtuosic musicians with distinguished individual careers. Director Richard Kolb has performed throughout North America and Europe as a soloist and with a wide variety of Baroque and Renaissance ensembles. Co-director Tracy Cowart enjoys a wide range of vocal interests, from twelfth-century polyphony to contemporary art music, and has performed with a number of renowned period ensembles. Sian Ricketts enjoys a multi-faceted career as a singer and a period woodwinds specialist, has performed widely as a soprano soloist, and is in demand as a consort and ensemble singer. Harpsichordist and pianist Hsuan-Wen Chen is an active soloist and chamber music player who has performed widely in the United States, Canada, and her native Taiwan. Rachel Evans, well-known to Chapel music goers, performs regularly in recitals on baroque and modern violin and viola and in concerts with many ensembles in repertoire that spans baroque to contemporary music. Boel Gidholm, a native of Sweden, has more than twenty years' experience performing on the baroque violin throughout Europe and the US.
The Chapel Restoration is located at 45 Market Street, Cold Spring, directly across from Metro-North train station, where parking is free on weekends. This concert is made possible, in part, through Putnam Arts Council’s Arts Link Grant Program, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts and the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature and from contributions by the public.