2PM, Jan. 1st 2014 and 8PM Jan. 2nd at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.
A NEW YEAR’S DAY CONCERT
Our annual New Year’s Concerts have become a Toronto tradition. We offer French Baroque cantatas and sonatas including Le Sommeil d’Ulisse by Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Hallie Fishel, soprano and John Edwards, theorbo are joined by Christopher Verrette, violin, Emma Elkinson, flute and Philip Fournier, keyboards in a concert of late Baroque music.
“Who can hear this
And falls not down and worships? In my fancy…
Fair-haired Calliope, on her ivory lute
But something short of this sung Ceres praises…
The motion of the spheres are out of time,
Her musical notes but heard.”
So the Roman Emperor Domitain praises the singing of Domitia Longina, his future wife, in Massinger’s play The Roman Actor.
We can’t promise to deter the motion of the spheres, or excel the performance skill of Calliope, but we can bring you music from a time when, poets and playwrights tell us, singers were better than the muses, lutenists were all like Orpheus, and composers aspired to stop, or at least wound time.