Virginia Tech Early Music Ensemble
Date: February 11, 2011
Location: Virginia, USA
Well, things actually started sounding like music yesterday, so I guess it's safe to make this announcement!
The Virginia Tech Early Music Ensemble
Directed by John Howell
Sunday, February 27, 8 pm
Recital Salon, Squires Student Center
Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
Johann Christian Bach: Quintetto No. 4 in Eb Major for flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello, and harpsichord
Claudio Monteverdi: "Lamento della ninfa"
Amelia McBee, mezzo-sprano
Gregorio Allegri: "Miserere mei, Deus"
The Early Music Ensemble Singers
Francesco Antonio Rosetti: Clarinet Concerto No. 1 in Eb Major
Erin Casey, clarinet, with the Baroque Orchestra
The Quintetto is one of six, published in 1774, for this unique combination of instruments, and I lucked out in having the right people available to play it. The Monteverdi is from his 1638 book, "Madrigals of War and of Love" (as if the two were any different!), and my soloist is a very talented high school girl who is also one of our violists. The Allegri is the famous Sistine Chapel Choir version which was kept secret until the teenaged Mozart heard it sung and proceeded to write it out! (And yes, I have sopranos with high Cs!!) And the Clarinet Concerto is one of the earliest, written about 10 years before Mozart's much better known one but virtually unknown today. My soloist is a student who is good enough to have auditioned for the United States Marine Band, and is now in the military with Uncle Sam paying her tuition.