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"BACH AND HANDEL" WILL BE THE FOCUS OF THE FINAL CONCERT OF THE 2002 ASTON MAGNA AT BARD SUMMER SERIES ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Friday, August 2, Aston Magna at Bard College will present a concert titled "Bach and Handel" 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.).
"Bach and Handel" will feature performances of 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 Peter Sykes, baroque violinists Stepner and Nancy Wilson, baroque violist David Miller, baroque cellist Loretta O'Sullivan, and baroque bassist Anne Trout.
Soprano Dominique Labelle is known for the luminous beauty of her voice, her committed stage presence and impeccable musicianship in opera, concert, and recital performances. She has appeared with many of the finest symphony orchestras and with such noted conductors as Charles Dutoit, Christopher Hogwood, Raymond Leppard, Kurt Masur, Nicholas McGegan, Seiji Ozawa, and Robert Shaw. Her operatic appearances have included leading roles with such companies as Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Glimmerglass Opera, Minnesota Opera, and Vancouver Opera. Labelle was also featured at the 2001 Bard Music Festival.
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.
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. Tickets are $15. For information on the concert series and to order tickets, call The Bard Center at 845-758-7425.
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