Photo: Elliot Mandel Photography
Friday, November 15, 2019
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
Saturday, November 16, 2019
First UMC at Chicago Temple
77 W Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602
Sunday, November 17, 2019
Wentz Concert Hall
171 E Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL 60540
What makes French Baroque music so special?
Third Coast Baroque (TCB) artistic director Rubén Dubrovsky once again dons the colascione – a member of the lute family and only heard in Chicago via this organization – to lead the TCB Chamber Ensemble in dance-based, multi-movement masterworks by Couperin and Leclair, along with vignettes by Rameau, Forqueray, and Marais. With his “trademark breezy commentary” (Chicago Classical Review), Dubrovsky will explore the characteristics that make music from the French Baroque era distinct while showing how these aspects are connected globally and affect us today.
The French Connection will showcase world-class guest soloists alongside TCB’s stellar Chicago artists. Making her debut with TCB, Kathryn Montoya (oboe) has been praised for her “expressivity… vitality and style” (The Register Guard) and is a regular fixture within top period ensembles in North America and Europe, including Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Pacific Musicworks, and Apollo’s Fire. Also making his company debut with TCB, Charles Brink (flute) represents the first cross-collaboration between TCB and its sibling ensemble the Bach Consort Wien (of which Dubrovsky is co-founder and artistic director). Brink, a native of St. Louis, Missouri, has been a long-time member of not only the Bach Consort Wien but also the Four Nations Ensemble, performing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, and the Boston Early Music Festival. These esteemed guests will be featured in Couperin’s “La Françoise” from Les Nations and Leclair’s Deuxième récréation de musique, Op.8, which culminates in the effervescent and rousing final movement “Tambourin.”
Supplementing the performances will be projected original and curated images by French-Tunisian visual artist WERIEM (Meriem Bahri), specializing in costume design and illustrations. Based in Chicago, she has been recognized for her “spectacular” (Wall Street Journal), “gorgeous and evocative” (New York Times) work in designing costumes. She is also a regular collaborator with esteemed companies such as Boston Early Music Festival, Newberry Consort, and Haymarket Opera Company. WERIEM debuts with TCB providing a visual interpretation of this 17th and 18th French repertoire.
Rubén Dubrovsky, conductor/colascione
TCB Chamber Ensemble
Martin Davids, violin
Pauline Kempf, violin
Anna Steinhoff, viola da gamba
Andrew Rosenblum, harpsichord
Brandon J. Acker, theorbo
Kathryn Montoya, oboe
Charles Brink, flute
Running time approx. 1 hour 50 minutes with one intermission.
Join us after the show for a post-concert conversation with Maestro Dubrovsky, WERIEM, and guests. Light refreshments will be provided.
Jean-Phillippe Rameau (1683-1764) [arr. for two violins by Joseph-Barnabé Saint Sevín]
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782)
Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)