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Yvonne Hansbrough, baroque fluteThe College of Saint Rose presents an evening with the Empire Baroque, the Capital Region’s period instrument baroque ensemble, in a concert of music by German and French composers of the early to mid-1700s.

The ensemble will perform Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. The concert is open to the public. Free admission.

This concert of music on baroque period instruments will be performed by Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, baroque flute; Hilary Walther Cumming, baroque violin; André Laurent O’Neil, viola da gamba; William Carragan, harpsichord.

Program for the evening is:

  • Trio Sonata in B minor, Op. 2, no. 1 by George Frideric Handel
  • Suite no. 3 pour Clavecin, in D Major (1713) by Johann Mattheson
  • Trio Sonata in G minor for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord, Wq 88/H 510 by C.P.E. Bach
  • Deuxième Récréation de musique, Op. 8 by Jean-Marie Leclair

Founded in 2009, Empire Baroque is an Albany-based ensemble of musicians who perform on baroque period instruments, including baroque flute, baroque violin, viola da gamba, baroque cello, theorbo and harpsichord. The ensemble has appeared at The Massry Center for the Arts at Saint Rose, The Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series and venues in the Capital Region.

Opened in 2008, the critically acclaimed Massry Center for the Arts features the 400-seat Kathleen McManus Picotte Recital Hall, Esther Massry Gallery, choral and instrument rehearsal rooms, teaching studios, piano labs and classrooms. Past performing artists have included B.B. King, Chick Corea, Dave Brubeck, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Doc Severinson, Ramsey Lewis, Maceo Parker, Mary Lambert, Tim Reynolds, Stefon Harris, John Pizzarelli, the Boston Symphony Orchestra Strings, Yuja Wang, Paula Cole and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The 46,000 square-foot gem is certified LEED Gold, ranking it among the Capital Region’s most energy-efficient and Earth-friendly buildings.

For more information, visit or contact the Saint Rose Music Department at 518-454-5178.