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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-Aston Magna, described by The New York Times as "America's
preeminent summer early-music event," announces its summer concert series at Bard
College on Friday evenings from July 9 to August 6, sponsored by The Bard Center. Under
the artistic direction of Daniel Stepner, Aston Magna aims to interpret the music of
the past as each composer imagined it. The festival has been recognized internationally
over the last two decades for its contributions to the popularization of early music
performed using historically accurate instruments and performance practices. A
preconcert talk begins each evening at 7:00 p.m. in Olin Hall, followed by the
performance at 8:00 p.m. 

"Mozart and Beethoven" starts the series on Friday, July 9. It features Mozart's
Quintet in A Major, K. 581, and Beethoven's Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. Musicians
are Eric Hoeprich, basset clarinet; Jane Gower, classical bassoon; Douglas Lundeen,
natural horn; Daniel Stepner and Nancy Wilson, violins; David Miller, viola; Loretta
O'Sullivan, cello; and Michael Willens, double bass.

The second concert, on Friday, July 16, is titled "Young Handel in Rome: Delirio
Amoroso." On the program are Handel's Sonata No. 10 in F Major and Delirio Amoroso,
Corelli's Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1, No. 4, and Scarlatti's Three Sonatas in D Major.
Sharon Baker, soprano; Stephen Hammer, baroque oboe; John Gibbons, harpsichord; Daniel
Stepner and Kinloch Earle, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, baroque viola; and Reinmar
Seidler, baroque cello, will perform this concert. 

The third concert in the series on Friday, July 23, is played around the theme "Orpheus
and Apollo," featuring Michel Mascitti's Psyché, Louis Nicholas Clérambault's Apollon:
Cantate pour le Roy; Jean-Philippe Rameau's Entretiens des dieux, Cyclopes, and Orphée;
and Antoine Forqueray's Jupiter. Performers are Frank Kelly, tenor; Daniel Stepner,
violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and John Gibbons, harpsichord.

The fourth concert on Friday, July 30, is named for Beethoven's "Kreutzer" sonata.
Works to be performed are Carl Philip Emanuel Bach's Sonata in C Minor; Mozart's Sonata
in E-flat Major, K. 481; and Beethoven's Rondo in G Major, WoO 41 and Sonata in A
Major, Op. 47 ("Kreutzer"). Violinist Daniel Stepner and John Gibbons, fortepiano, will
perform the pieces.

The final concert of the series, on Friday, August 6, is an all-Bach evening. Works to
be performed by J. S. Bach are the Trio Sonata in G Major, BWV 1039; "Komm, mein Jesu,
und erquicke . . ." from Cantata 21, Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis, BWV 21; Brandenburg
Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051; and Trauer Ode: Lass, Fürsten, lass noch
einen Strahl, BWV 198. Performers are Jane Bryden, soprano; Jeffrey Gall, countertenor;
William Hite, tenor; David Ripley, bass baritone; Christopher Krueger and Sandra
Miller, baroque flutes; Marc Schachman and John Abbeger, oboes d'amore; Frances Fitch,
organ; Catherine Liddell, lute; Daniel Stepner and Linda Quan, baroque violins; David
Miller, baroque viola; Laura Jeppesen and Jane Hershey, violas da gamba; Loretta
O'Sullivan, baroque cello; and Anne Trout, double bass.

Aston Magna at Bard is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New York State
Council on the Arts and through the generosity of The Leon Levy Foundation at Bard

A subscription for the five concerts is $60, for any three concerts $38, single tickets
cost $15. For information on the concert series and to order tickets, call

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001