Crescendo’s opening concert program of its 15th season offers a musical glimpse of the rarely-heard, exquisite repertoire written for theorbo and harpsichord. The first concert is “A Due Stromenti—17th Century Italian Music with Two Instruments.” The two instruments are harpsichord and theorbo; players are Crescendo Artistic Director Christine Gevert and Hideki Yamaya.
Theorbo, the largest member of the lute family, is not commonly seen on U.S. concert stages. It was used primarily to accompany small vocal and instrumental chamber ensembles as well as solo vocal music. Its role as a solo instrument was an afterthought, but innovators on theorbo left behind a small repertoire of high quality. Theorbo and its smaller version, a tiorbino, will be played by Heideki Yamaya, who is a specialist in lutes, early guitars and early mandolins. Based in New Haven, born in Tokyo, he is an internationally acclaimed musician who has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany and Italy.
Crescendo’s founder and artistic director, Christine Gevert, will play the harpsichord and organ in this concert. While conducting, performing and recording in Europe and South America she led masterclasses and workshops in early music and harpsichord, and taught historic keyboards at the Berlin Church Music School in Germany. Most recently, she was invited to play solo harpsichord recitals at the Early Music Festival in Narol, Poland, the historic Auditorium Wanda Landowska near Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Beat Festival.
The season continues with a large celebratory concert in October with chorus, orchestra and soloists featuring the Bach Magnificat and Handel’s Coronation Anthems. Returning to perform with us in October are the internationally-renowned early music soprano Julianne Baird and the countertenor Nicholas Tamagna, back from a year of singing in major European concert halls.
Crescendo will be presenting a total of eight events in their season. Tickets are available now at worldclassmusic.org/buy-tickets/ or at the door.
Sunday, September 8, 4 pm
Tickets: $35 general, $60 premium, and $10 for those under 18