Opus 10 Festival
“Now a decade old, Tempesta is one of America’s great period-instrument bands.”— Fanfare March/April 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OPUS 10 BAROQUE MUSIC FESTIVAL
two weekends of solo, chamber and Orchestral concerts celebrating Tempesta di Mare’s 10th Anniversary Season
PHILADELPHIA, PA—April 8, 2012 — Tempesta di Mare’s landmark 10th season wraps up with its Opus 10 Baroque Music Festival, two-weekends of solo, chamber and orchestral ten’s: Opus Ten, Number Ten, and more, May 12, 13, 19 and 20 in Center City and Chestnut Hill. Tickets and festival passes are available at www.tempestadimare.org, by phone (215-755-8776) and at the door.
Full Festival details below.
“Ten Years!” muses Artistic Director Gwyn Roberts. After more than 150 concerts, 5 international CD releases on the prestigious Chandos label, 3 acclaimed European tours, more than 20 modern world premiere performances and over 45 million listeners to national broadcasts of Tempesta’s concerts, with millions more worldwide, the group has something to show for its first decade. “But what matters the most”, continues Roberts, “is the ever-deepening musical relationship we have all formed, that sound, style and sense of ensemble that kicks in with the first note we play together and makes us instantly, recognizably Tempesta. That’s the thrill.”
Founding partner and co-Artistic Director Richard Stone adds: “We’ve tried to expand our horizons, for ourselves, for our artists, and for our audience. We—Gwyn, Emlyn and I—get to call the repertoire shots. We’ve indulged ourselves by playing all this stuff that we’ve always been curious about, or stuff that none of us has ever heard of before, always looking for the newest favorite composer, that next distinctive musical voice. And everyone’s into it, it seems.”
The two-weekend Opus 10 Baroque Music Festival will exemplify the variety of ensemble and breadth of repertoire, presenting both chamber and orchestral music performances and presenting the inaugural performances of its new baroque solo-recital series.
Weekend I: Chamber and Solo
The festival opens on Saturday, May 12, with Opus 10: Chamber, an “Open Doors,” free-admission concert, with a violin duet by Leclair, trios by Haydn, Telemann and dall’Abaco, the tenth concerto of Couperin’s “Goûts Réunis” and a chamber concerto by Vivaldi. One performance only. The concert takes place at the Arch Street Meeting House at 8:00. Register for free admission at www.tempestadimare.org or at the door. Contributions welcome.
The festival’s opening weekend concludes on Sunday, May 13, with Opus 10: Solo, a round-robin recital of solo works featuring our orchestra’s principals—Gwyn Roberts, Emlyn Ngai, Karina Fox, Eve Miller, Richard Stone and Adam Pearl—playing musical 10’s by Bach, Weiss, Frescobaldi and others on recorder, violin, cello, lute and harpsichord. The one performance takes place at the Arch Street Meeting House at 4:00.
Weekend II: Orchestra
The festival finale includes two performances of Opus 10: Orchestra, May 19 and 20 in Center City and Chestnut Hill. The program includes one of Jean-Marie Leclair’s jaw-dropping Opus 10 violin concertos, with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai as soloist, along with a harpsichord concerto by Stanley, Adam Pearl, soloist, concerti grossi by Handel and Scarlatti and an orchestral suite by Telemann. Concerts take place on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 at the Arch Street Meeting House in Center City, and on Sunday, May 20 at 4:00 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.
FULL FESTIVAL DETAILS
OPUS 10: CHAMBER
Saturday, May 12, 8:00 — Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
“Open Doors” free-admission concert.
Concert X from Les Goûts Réunis — Couperin
Tenth Duo in A, for two violins — Leclair
Trio in A Minor, for recorder, violin and continuo — Telemann
Divertimento in A, Op 100, for flute, violin and cello — Haydn
Sonata in F, Op 3 No 10, for two violins and continuo — dall’Abaco
Recorder Concerto in D, Op 10 No 3, “Il Gardellino” — Vivaldi
OPUS 10: SOLO
Sunday, May 13, 4:00 — Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
Cento Partite (100 Variations), for harpsichord — Frescobaldi
Suite IV in E-flat, BWV 1010, for cello — Bach
Sonata in D, RV 10, for violin and continuo — Vivaldi
Sonata 10 in E-flat, for lute — Weiss
Fantasia X in D, TWV 40:23, for solo violin — Telemann
Sonata X in D Minor, for recorder and continuo — Mancini
OPUS 10: ORCHESTRA
Saturday, May 19, 8:00 — Arch Street Friends Meeting, 320 Arch Street
Sunday, May 20, 4:00 — Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue
Sinfonia X in A Minor — Scarlatti
Harpsichord Concerto in D, Op 10, No 2 — Stanley
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op 10 No 5 — Leclair
Recorder Concerto in F, Op 10 No 5 — Vivaldi
Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op 6 No 10 — Handel
Orchestral Suite in E Minor, TWV 55:e10 — Telemann
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