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Baroque and Beyond I


September 12
2:00 pm
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Beston Hall at Glazer Music Performance Center
4245 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14618 United States
(585) 454-2100


Matthew Kraemer, conductor
Grace Browning, harp (Principal, the Eileen Malone Chair)

J.S. BACH  Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
HANDEL Concerto for Harp, Op. 4, No. 6
TANSMAN  Variations on a Theme of Frescobaldi
TELEMANN  Overture in D Major

The RPO’s Sunday Matinee Series begins with a musical feast! In J.S. Bach’s sparkling Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, the composer keeps us guessing about who the real soloists are. Muse, by American composer Christopher Theofanidis was written in 2007 as part of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra’s series “The New Brandenburgs,” which commissioned six composers to write new works based on the instrumentation of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerti. Handel’s Concerto for Harp is one of the jewels in the crown of baroque music and features soloist Grace Browning. Composed in 1937, the Variations on a Theme of Frescobaldi by Aleksander Tansman features gorgeous writing for strings. Telemann intended his Overture in D Major, not only to be music suitable for entertaining, but also to demonstrate his superiority as a composer.

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