Arcadia Players announces three new concerts led by artistic director finalists

For Immediate Release

From: Arcadia Players: [email protected]

Contact: Carolyn Holstein: [email protected]

Arcadia Players is excited to present three concerts of Baroque music, each one led by a finalist in our search for a new Artistic Director. The programs will be streamed on YouTube and include works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Handel, Telemann and more (complete listings below.)

The concerts:

Saturday October 2nd at 7pm: “The Harmony of Nations” – Jude Ziliak, leader

Saturday October 9th at 7pm: “Crossing Borders” – Daniel Lee, leader

Saturday October 16th at 7pm: “The Migration of Italian Music” – Andrew Arceci, leader

During the pandemic, while in-person concerts were suspended, our Search Committee has been evaluating a stellar group of applicants to succeed former Artistic Director Ian Watson. We invited each of the finalists to organize a program, and brought together a group of talented musicians to bring it to life. These three streamed concerts, recorded over the summer of 2021, are the culmination of the search process and will help Arcadia Players decide who will lead the organization in the future.

More on the finalists and their programs:

October 2nd at 7pm – Jude Ziliak’s program features music that showcases the divergence of French and Italian styles of the Baroque, culminating in their reunion in the “mixed style” of Telemann. Ziliak is the first violinist of Sonnambula and a frequent concertmaster or soloist with the American Bach Soloists. A graduate of the Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School, he founded and directs the Baroque Orchestra at Special Music School, New York’s K-12 public school for musically gifted children.

Francesco Geminiani – Concerto Grosso no. 3 in C major, H. 134,  after Corelli’s opus 5
Jean-Baptiste Lully – Suite from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer  – Harmonia a 5
Georg Philipp Telemann – Burlesque de Quixotte

October 9th at 7pm – Violinist Daniel Lee invites us on a musical journey around 17th- and 18th-century Europe through works that integrate different regional styles of the Baroque. He is founding director of the early music ensemble the Sebastians and a freelancing period violinist and conductor in North America and Europe. Lee is a member of the early music faculty at the Yale School of Music, and along with music degrees from Juilliard, Yale and the University of Connecticut, he holds an MDiv. from Yale Divinity School.

Music: Johann Valentin Meder – Ciaconne
Johann Rosenmüller – Sonata Terza à 2 from Sonate… (1682)
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber – Mensa Sonora, Pars III
Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre – Trio Sonata in D
Georg Muffat – Sonata Secondo from Armonico tributo
George Frideric Handel – Passacaglia

October 16th at 7pm –– Andrew Arceci’s program explores the spread of Italian styles across Europe and beyond, as far away as China! Arceci performs on viol, violone, and bass throughout North America, Europe and Asia. He holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory, The Juilliard School, and the University of Oxford. Formerly director of Wellesley College’s Collegium Musicum and a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, he currently directs the Winchendon Music Festival in Winchendon, Massachusetts.

Music: Arcangelo Corelli – Trio Sonata G-Major Op.2 No.12 ‘Ciacona’
Antonio Vivaldi – Sinfonia for Strings
Giovanni Battista Lulli / Jean-Baptiste Lully – Trios de la Chambre du Roi
Teodorico Pedrini – Sonata VI
Domenico Zipoli – Fughetta in E minor
Francesco Geminiani – The Lass of Peaty’s Mill
Francesco Barsanti – The Lass of Peatie’s Mill

Tickets for the finalist concerts are available at

Arcadia Players 2021-2022 Season

While the arrival of the pandemic in March of 2020 forced the cancellation of the last concert of the 2019-2020 season (Theile’s Saint Matthew Passion) the Arcadia Players Board has been planning a return to in-person concerts. First, we have re-scheduled the Theile, an extraordinary early Baroque masterpiece, for Palm Sunday 2022 in Easthampton. More details will be forthcoming as we get closer to that date. Other concert events of the 2021-2022 season will be announced later this year.

These programs are supported in part by grants from the Hadley Cultural Council, Amherst Cultural Council, and the South Hadley Cultural Council, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.


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