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An eclectic evening of vocal and instrumental works will delight the senses and nourish the soul

Join Saint Rose’s faculty ensemble, the Camerata, as the group celebrates its 15th year with an evening of rich harmonies, gorgeous tonalities, and passions both secular and holy.

Travel the European continent (and Brexit) to sample the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th-century eras in instrumental and vocal works by J.S. Bach (1685-1750), F.J. Haydn (1732-1809), Manuel de Falla (1876-1946), Edmund Rubbra (1901-1986), and Jacques Ibert (1890-1962).

Start in Baroque Germany, where soaring melodies over somber bass chords represent the soul’s lamentations over Christ, and its joyous determination to follow the Savior, in two arias from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1724) and St. John Passion (1727) for soprano, flute, and continuo. Haydn’s famous “Gypsy” piano trio (1795), ranging from the mannered and sedate to the rousing “Hungarian” dance finale, gives violin, cello, and piano turns reveling in sparkling, virtuosic passages.

On the sunny Iberian peninsula, hear the click of castanets, the thrum of flamenco guitar, and the fiery stomp of dancers’ heels in de Falla’s Canciones Populares Españolas (1914) for soprano and piano. Drift through the rainswept English countryside with Rubbra’s watercolor-hued sonata for oboe and piano (1958). In a quaint Parisian sidewalk café, delight to the mysterious and haunting melodies of Ibert’s Stèles Orientées (1962) for soprano and flute.

The talented Saint Rose faculty hosts for this musical tour of Europe: Camerata director Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, flute; Suna Gunther, soprano; Sherwood Wise, oboe; Jamecyn Morey, violin; David Bebe, cello; Young Kim, piano; and guest Dan Foster, organ and piano.


Who: The Saint Rose Camerata
When: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11
Where: Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose
Cost: Free and open to the public