A special night in Chappaqua

We’ve heard again from Mark Kramer, artistic director of Ars Antiqua, who shares the latest on his period instrument ensemble’s calendar.

A special concert/event will be held at 8 p.m. April 21 at the historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Chappaqua.

The concert program, “The Legacy of Brandenburg: Music from the Margrave’s Private Library,” will feature violin virtuoso Nicholas DiEugenio and the Ars Antiqua Period Instrument Orchestra performing the “sparkling and effervescent” music of Brescianello, Veracini, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Locatelli and Bach.

As if that weren’t enough, the concert will be followed by a “buffet of German pastries, Italian confections and coffee.”

In addition, Kramer has shared some background on the music to be played:

“In 1721, Johann Sebastian Bach sent a beautiful presentation manuscript of Six Concertos to Berlin dedicated to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt. Bach’s gift, now famously known as the Brandenburg Concertos, was given with the hope of gaining favor and possible employment in the Margrave’s court. Bach probably never received an acknowledgment of his gift and there is no evidence the concertos were ever performed in Berlin. After the Margrave’s death in 1734, Bach’s concertos were bundled along with 177 other pieces identified as ‘concertos by various masters’ and remained undiscovered until 1849. Although Bach’s name is absent, an inventory of the Margrave’s music library lists many important composers of the time – Vivaldi, Valentini, Brescianello and Albinoni. Known as the Brandenburg Archive, this collection of music provides fascinating insight into the taste and traditions of Christian Ludwig and his court orchestra at the Berlin City Palace.”

Tickets are $35 and will be available at the door the evening of the concert, with the ticket desk opening at 7:30. The church is at 191 S. Greeley Ave.

For more, visit ars-antiqua.org.

– Mary Shustack

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