“Earthly Baroque” Online: A World of Wild Wonders Awaits!

Musicians of the Old Post Road presents Earthly Baroque, the third concert of its subscription series, on Saturday, March 12 at 7:30 pm EDT at First Parish, Wayland and online via livestream. Transport yourself to a world of wild wonders with a delightful program of Baroque instrumental selections inspired by the sounds of nature! 

The works on this program contain depictions of birds and other sounds of nature intended to enchant the listener, not so much by their resemblance to nature itself, but by the composer’s incorporation of the “natural” with the “artful.” Hear the sweet chirp of the Goldfinch through  Vivaldi’s ears in his vivid and virtuosic Goldfinch flute concerto, the song of the nightingale in Couperin’s Le Rossignol-en-amour, the chatter of bird banter in William William’s Sonata in Imitation of Birds, and the call of the cuckoo in the ensemble’s original reconstruction of J.F. Lampe’s playful Cuckoo Concerto.   

Experience the clever effects that Biber employs on the violin in imitation of all sorts of crawlers and jumpers in his Sonata Representativa and the sounds of crashing waves and howling winds in Gregor Joseph Werner’s Il November. Performers include Suzanne Stumpf, traverso; Sarah Darling and Jesse Irons, violins; Marcia Cassidy, viola; Daniel Ryan, cello; and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.

Individual online tickets are $10 student, $35 individual, and $70 couple/family.

For subscribers, in-person ticket sales begin two weeks prior to the performance at $25, less than half-price. Non-subscriber in-person sales open one week prior to each concert at $58. 

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.oldpostroad.org, or call 781.466.6694.

The ensemble invites listeners to become subscribers at any time this season ($150 individual, $300 couple/family) to enjoy online access to all season concerts through June 30, 2022 and the opportunity to purchase in-person tickets at a steep discount.

This concert is funded, in part, by the Wayland Cultural Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 

Musicians of the Old Post Road takes its name from its acclaimed concert series that brings period instrument performances of music of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries to beautiful historic buildings along New England’s fabled Old Post Road, the first thoroughfare to connect Boston and New York City in the late 17th century. 

Winner of the 1998 Noah Greenberg Award from the American Musicological Society, Musicians of the Old Post Road has also received programming awards from Chamber Music America and the US-Mexico Fund for Culture. The ensemble has toured in Germany, Austria, and Mexico, and has appeared at festivals and on concert series in the US, including the Indianapolis Early Music Festival, the Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series, the Castle Hill Festival, the Artists Series at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and the Connecticut Early Music Festival. The ensemble has held a residency at Dartmouth College and was featured on WCVB television’s “Chronicle” program and 99.5 All Classical radio’s “Live from Fraser” program. 

The ensemble’s discography includes seven recordings that have each been praised in the US and abroad. They include: The Virtuoso Double Bass (Titanic, 1994), Trios and Scottish Song Settings of J. N. Hummel (Meridian, 1999), Galant with an Attitude: Music of Juan and José Pla (Meridian, 2000), Quartets of Telemann and Bodinus (Meridian, 2004), Feliz Navidad: Christmas from Spain and New Spain (Meridian, 2008), and Roman Handel (Centaur, 2013).  The ensemble’s 7th CD, Earthly Baroque, was released by Centaur in 2017.  

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