Note: The date for this concert has been changed from Saturday, May 8 at 6 pm to Sunday, May 23 at 6 pm.
An exemplary selection of Polish Baroque music illustrates this culture’s significant and little-known contribution to European musical practice during the “golden age” of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Curated by lutenist and scholar Arash Noori, this program on the musical heritage of Poland also features Ars Lyrica Artistic Director and harpsichordist Matthew Dirst, violinists Stephanie Raby and Maria Lin, and da gamba player Eric Smith. The program will feature three different composers due to the extraordinary quality of their work, but will also limit the selections to three historically significant collections (two manuscripts and a publication) in order to highlight their contribution to European culture. The three composers and their respective collections are: Wojciech Długoraj (c.1557-after 1619) and the Długoraj Lute Book (c. 1619), Adam Jarzębski (c.1590-c.1648) and his seminal Canzoni e concerti (1627), and Wenceslaus Wodiczka (1715-1774) with his inventive first publication, Sei sonate, op. 1 (1739).
This concert is co- funded by The Consulate General the Republic of Poland in Houston and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland.