March 1, 2014 Concert by
the Maple City Chamber
Baroque Music, with Guest
Four guest soloists will join the strings players of the Maple City Chamber Orchestra in the concert, “Baroque Winds and String,” Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p. m. in Sauder Music Hall at Goshen College. The free concert will include selections by Henry Purcell, Georg Philipp Telemann, Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach.
The featured guest, Kathie Stewart, will solo in three of the four works on the program.
Stewart, who teaches at the Oberlin Conservative of Music, is a founding member of the renowned group, Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra. She performed with that ensemble in 2003 as accompanists for the Goshen College Music Department performance of Bach’s “The Saint John Passion.” Stewart is well known for her mastery of the baroque flute and baroque performance style.
Her first performance will be in “Concerto in E Minor for Recorder and Flute” by Telemann, which she also plays on one of the thirteen recordings made by Apollo’s Fire. She will be joined on the recorder by Bill Mateer, a new retiree to Goshen from Ohio.
Stewart will be joined by her daughter, Sarah Lynn, also a flautist, in a shorter work, “Concerto for Two Flutes” by Vivaldi. “Largo,” the central movement, is a flute duet without strings accompaniment.
Stewart’s major solo performance will come in the major work on the program, Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5,” which is probably the most familiar of the six Brandenburg concertos Bach wrote for the margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg-Schwedt around 1791. The second movement, “Affetuoso,” is a trio of flute, violin and harpsichord, with Stacey Farran, concertmaster of the Maple City Orchestra, on Violin and Luke Norell on harpsichord.
Norell, who is completing his doctorate at Indiana University, teaches piano in the Goshen College Community School of the Arts and often performs in The Norell Piano Duo with his wife, the former Rose Jordan of Goshen. Historically, “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5” is the earliest concerto to feature a keyboard instrument, making it the origin of the now familiar musical genre of piano concerto.
The program will open with selections from the “Abdalazar Suite” by Purcell. The entire suite consists of nine short pieces composed in 1695 as incidental music to accompany the drama “The Moor’s Revenge” by Aphra Behn, a very popular woman novelist and dramatist. The “Rondeau” from the suite was used by Benjamin Britten for the fugue and variations in his popular “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” (1946).
This concert returns the orchestra to its origins in 1997-98, when Goshen native Michael Ruhling created it as a small ensemble of mostly strings committed to playing primarily classic and neglected Baroque music. Brian Mast has conducted the orchestra since 2001.