Pomona College's Department of Music presents Chatham Baroque, hailed as "one of Pittsburgh's greatest treasures" by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, in a free concert:"Banchetto Musicale" on Saturday, February 1 at 8 p.m. in Bridges Hall of Music (150 E. Fourth St., Claremont).
On tour with an ensemble of seven period instrumentalists, this is the second of Chatham Baroque's duo of southern California concerts, the first being Friday in Pacific Palisades. The ensemble continues to excite local, national and international audiences with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of 17th- and 18th-century music played on instruments of the period. Founded in 1990, Chatham Baroque thrives with a full calendar of concerts, tours, musical collaborations and CD releases. The core trio of baroque violin, viola da gamba, theorbo and baroque guitar tours nationally and internationally, and often expands in size for larger projects.
Chatham Baroque offers audiences the opportunity to hear baroque music that is accessible and thrillingly vivid, with a freshness akin to improvisational jazz. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette proclaims, "Pound for pound, you aren't going to find a better ensemble … than Chatham Baroque," and they are repeatedly listed among the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's "Top 50 Cultural Forces in Pittsburgh" and "Ten Best Classical Concerts."
The ensemble's recent home concert seasons have been substantially broadened by exciting collaborations with Attack Theatre, Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Renaissance & Baroque, and Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society. The ensemble prides itself on its commitment to the Pittsburgh region and its ability to serve nationally and abroad as ambassadors for the city. In addition to local and touring concerts and recording, Chatham Baroque presents Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions for preschoolers and Music All Over the Place performances in various community venues. With the support of PNC Charitable Trust, Chatham Baroque brought its Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions to four Pittsburgh area early education centers, performing 36 concerts for children from underserved city neighborhoods. Chatham Baroque is the recipient of Early Music America's 2012 Laurette Goldberg Award for lifetime achievement in early music outreach programming, and is ensemble-in-residence at WQED-FM and Calvary Episcopal Church.
Chatham Baroque has toured across the United States as well as in South America and Mexico, the Virgin Islands and Canada. In recent years, the ensemble has appeared at several summer festivals, including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival (Charleston, SC) and the Madison Early Music Festival, where they also have served on the teaching faculty. On the road, the ensemble consistently receives high praise. The Washington Post calls them "musically impeccable"; the Chicago Tribune, "a splendid period-instruments ensemble"; and The New York Times praises their "colorful virtuosity."
The core members include: Andrew Fouts, baroque violin; Patricia Halverson, violone; and Pomona College alumnus Scott Pauley, theorbo. Joining them are Dawn Posey, baroque violin; Kristen Linfante, baroque viola; Karina Schmitz, baroque viola; and Adam Pearl, harpsichord.
Tausend Gülden—Antonio Bertali
A Serenata—Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Sonatas from Mensa Sonora—Heinrich Biber
Armonico Tributo—Georg Muffat
Banchetto Musicale—Johann Schein