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Music Program presents

Bard Baroque Ensemble

Musical Offerings from the Courts of Elizabeth I and Frederick the Great

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

[Bard Baroque Ensemble]
Bard College’s own student baroque-music ensemble offers an eclectic two-part program featuring excerpts from J.S. Bach’s monumental collection, The Musical Offering (BWV1079). The performance pairs this complex contrapuntal suite, based on a “Royal Theme” given by Prussia’s Frederick the Great in 1747, with elegant and occasionally odd instrumental vignettes by Johann’s son, C.P.E. Bach, the Prussian Court composer whose 300th birthday occurred last month. The first half of the program presents English contrapuntal compositions from a previous royal court, that of Elizabeth I, where the madrigals of Thomas Morley, John Wilbye, and John Dowland ruled the age.

Dedicated to the rediscovery and performance of great historical works, BBE vocalists, string players, and wind soloists offer up something to please any musical taste.

For more information, call 845-758-7900, or e-mail abonus@bard.edu.

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building