Con Gioia

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(909) 624-0638

Claremont, California

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CON GIOIA, based in Pomona, California, presents some of the best performers of early music in the United States and Europe. Following its début in 1982, Con Gioia, directed by harpsichordist and fortepianist Preethi de Silva, has featured such internationally renowned musicians as violinists Eduard Melkus, Monica Huggett, Chiara Banchini, Elizabeth Blumenstock, Carla Moore and Katherine Kyme; flutists John Solum, Mathias Maute, and Stephen Schultz; viola da gambist Wieland Kuijken; ’cellists Rohan de Saram and William Skeen; oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz; male soprano Michael Maniaci; and sopranos Julianne Baird and Juliana Gondek.

Con Gioia has performed concerts at Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Caltech, Getty Villa, San Diego Museum of Art, Zipper Concert Hall, Scripps College, and the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, among other local venues. Con Gioia has presented performances of all of Bach’s concertos for harpsichords; a CD of these concertos, released on Centaur Records, garnered high critical acclaim. In 2011 First Hand Records (U.K.) released Harmonic Labyrinth: The Con Gioia Recordings, featuring the renowned cellist Rohan de Saram and Preethi de Silva. The ensemble has offered programs honoring significant anniversaries of composers Mozart, Handel, and Haydn and performed a concert honoring C.P.E. Bach in the renowned “Concerts from the Library of Congress” in Washington DC; other notable programs presented include commemoration of the 300th birthday of C.P.E. Bach; the 250th anniversary of the death of George Philipp Telemann; and in 2018 the 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin le Grand and a concert devoted to Lieder inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. In November 2021 Con Gioia offered a free concert to honor victims of COVID-19 and raise funds for nurses helping them; the ensemble of 11 musicians focused on vocal works by Bach, Telemann and  Reinhard Keiser. We plan to continue performances in fall 2022. For details, see in summer 2022.



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