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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.?On Friday, July 19, Aston Magna at Bard College will present a concert titled "Concerts en Trio" in a series described by the New York Times as "America's preeminent summer early-music event." Under the artistic direction of Daniel Stepner, Aston Magna aims to interpret the music of the past as each composer imagined it. For almost three decades, the series has been internationally recognized for its contributions to the popularization of early music performed using historically accurate instruments and techniques. The concert, presented by The Bard Center, will begin at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall (a preconcert talk begins at 7:00 p.m.).

"Concerts en Trio" will feature harpsichordist John Gibbons, violinist Stepner, and viola da gambist Laura Jeppesen. They will perform Jean-Philippe Rameau's five colorful Pièces de clavecin en concerts.

John Gibbons is widely recognized as one of today's leading keyboard artists. He is harpsichordist of the Boston Museum Trio and a frequent soloist with Frans Brüggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Gibbons was an invited recitalist at Carnegie Hall and a featured soloist at the Spoleto Festival (Italy and Australia), the Boston Early Music Festival, the San Francisco Symphony Bach Festival, and the Tanglewood, Castle Hill, and Monadnock festivals. He is resident harpsichordist at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a faculty member of the New England Conservatory. As a Fulbright scholar, Gibbons studied in Holland with Gustav Leonhardt.

A graduate of the Yale School of Music, Laura Jeppesen studied the viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Brussels Conservatory. She has appeared in music festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Japan with a number of early music ensembles, including the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century and Sequentia. Jeppesen has been a soloist under conductors Christopher Hogwood, Martin Pearlman, Edo de Waart, and Seiji Ozawa. Her Boston affiliations are as gambist with the Boston Museum Trio and Charivary, and as violist with the Handel & Haydn Society and Boston Baroque.

Daniel Stepner, artistic director, is a distinguished violinist of great versatility. He has performed and recorded contemporary music with Boston Musica Viva; the sonatas of Charles Ives with pianist John Kirkpatrick; and solo works, chamber works, and concertos from the baroque and classical eras on period instruments. He is first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet and has served as concertmaster of the Handel & Haydn Society, Banchetto Musicale, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and New Haven Symphony, and as associate concertmaster of Frans Brüggen's Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Stepner has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the Longy School of Music.

On Friday, July 26, the series continues with "The Concerted Madrigal," featuring the seventh and eighth books of Claudio Monteverdi's madrigals on the topics of love and war. The program will also include instrumental music of early baroque composers Salomone Rossi and Biagio Manni. Performers include sopranos Roberta Anderson and Laurie Monahan, countertenor Jeffrey Gall, tenors Bruce Fithian and William Hite, baritone David Ripley, violinists Stepner and Kinloch Earle, lutist Catherine Liddell, and keyboardist Peter Sykes.

The Aston Magna at Bard 2002 series concludes on Friday, August 2, with "Bach and Handel," featuring works by Bach, Handel, and Correlli (among others). An instrumental ensemble, led by Stepner, will be joined by soprano Dominique Labelle, who will perform Bach's cantata "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen!" (with baroque trumpeter Josh Cohen) and Handel's recently rediscovered Gloria. Cohen is also featured in the performance of Arcangelo Correlli's sonata for trumpet and strings. The instrumental ensemble includes keyboardist Sykes, baroque violinists Stepner and Nancy Wilson, baroque violist David Miller, baroque cellist Loretta O'Sullivan, and baroque bassist Anne Trout.

Aston Magna at Bard is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts and the generosity of the Homeland Foundation and the Leon Levy Foundation at Bard College. A subscription for the five concerts is $60 and for any three concerts $40; single tickets cost $15. For information on the concert series and to order tickets, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.

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This event was last updated on 07-08-2002