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Early Music Missouri presents “The Evolving Cello: Sonatas & Sinfonia by Italian Virtuosi”

February 12 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST

$10 – $20

Early Music Missouri opens the second half of its 2022 – 2023 season with a program of Italian music for solo cello. The Evolving Cello: Sonatas & Sinfonia by Italian Virtuosi features music by some of earliest masters of the cello including Giovanni Bononcini, Guiseppe Dall’Abaco, Antonio Vandini and Benedetto Marcello. Baroque cellist, Stephanie Hunt, is the featured soloist and she will be accompanied by EMMo’s Director, Jeffrey Noonan on theorbo.

With the development of new strings and a smaller body, the late 17th-century cello became essentially a new instrument. Following the model of virtuosic violinists, a generation of cellists born in the last third of the century created a repertoire that expanded the instrument’s range, technique and voice.  This program shines a light on these overlooked composers and confirms the primacy of Italian cello virtuosi in this era. Works on the program include two sinfonia by Giovanni Bononcini as well as one sonata each by the little-known Dall’Abaco and Vandini. In addition, the program also features a favorite of Suzuki teachers and students, Marcello’s Sonata II in E Minor.

A regular on EMMo’s concert series since its inception, Stephanie Hunt (Baroque cello) is an active and versatile musician who performs across the region on both modern and Baroque cellos. Her current activities include regular performances with Chamber Project St. Louis and the Persied String Quartet. Stephanie has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the Nederlandse Orkest-en Ensemble-Academie (Netherlands), Royaumont Formations Professionnelles (France), the Britten-Pears Young Artist Programme (England), and two summers as a Tanglewood Music Center Fellow. Her studies on modern cello led to a B.Mus. summa cum laude from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music and a M.Mus. from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music. Following her American studies, Stephanie moved to Europe, earning both a B.Mus. Honours and M.Mus. in Baroque cello from the Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. Her teachers include Viola de Hoog, Norman Fischer, Hans Jørgen Jensen, Ross Harbaugh, and Monique Bartels. Following five years of study and performing in the Netherlands, Stephanie returned to the United States, settling in the St. Louis area. In addition to her performing, she serves on the full-time faculty of the Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Suzuki program, teaches at Lindenwood University and maintains a private studio in St. Louis.

Founder and Director of Early Music Missouri, Jeffrey Noonan (theorbo) has played early plucked instruments across the Midwest for over forty years. Based in St. Louis, he has performed regionally with various ensembles including Shakespear’s Bande, Early Music St. Louis, Bourbon Baroque (Louisville), Madison Early Music Festival (Wisconsin), Ars Antigua (Chicago), and Musik Ekklesia (Indianapolis.) In recent seasons, Jeff has appeared regularly with Baroque violinist Samuel Breene as the duo Musicke’s Cordes. In addition, Jeff directed Such Sweete Melodie, a quintet specializing in seventeenth-century vocal repertoire and is a founding member of La petite brise, a trio featuring music for the Baroque flute.

Jeff has received funding and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Newberry Library. In 2016, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission awarded him an Artist Fellowship in recognition of his work as a performer, teacher and scholar.

The concert will take place at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue, MO on February 12, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Admission to the concert is by a suggested donation of $20 per person.

The concert is open to the public. The venue features plenty of off-street parking and handicapped accessibility.


February 12
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CST
$10 – $20
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St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, St. Louis
110 North Warson Road
St. Louis, 63124 United States
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