Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Songs and Sonatas of Olde England Closes out Chatham Baroque Season

Chatham Baroque focuses on music of 16th and 17th century England for the final program of its 2016/2017 Pittsburgh Concert Series, Awake Sweet Love: Songs and Sonatas of Olde England, April 7 through 9. The program offers a broad selection of vocal music ranging from the tender to the downright bawdy and features compositions by John Dowland, Robert Johnson, and Henry Purcell. Complementing the vocal repertory will be Royal Consort suites by William Lawes.

Chatham Baroque’s artistic directors, Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) will be joined by Pascale Beaudin (soprano), Dongmyung Ahn (violin), Martha McGaughey (viola da gamba), and David Walker (lute and theorbo) for this very special performance.

Friday, April, 7: Westminster Presbyterian Church 7:30pm
Saturday, April 8: St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church 8:00pm
Sunday, April 9: Laughlin Music Hall, Chatham University, 2:30pm


(Peanut Butter & Jam) For the final Peanut Butter & Jam Session of the 2016/2017 Season, Chatham Baroque presents The British Are Coming! on Saturday, April 8 at Calvary Episcopal Church. The program will feature sprightly tunes and dances rooted in 16th and 17th century England performed by Chatham Baroque’s Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) and special guests Dongmyung Ahn (violin), Martha McGaughey (viola da gamba), and David Walker (lute and theorbo).

Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed especially for preschool children and their accompanying grown ups. Facilitated by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, these programs allow children to actively engage with the music and the musicians through stories, dance, and games as they gain basic musical concepts in a relaxed atmosphere.

Sessions are held at 10am and 11:30am and are approximately 45 minutes in length. Free juice boxes and snacks are available for the kiddos. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and may be purchased in advance or at the door. See for details.

Where and When
Saturday, April 8, 2016: 10:00am and 11:30am McClintic Hall, Calvary Episcopal Church
315 Shady Avenue (Shadyside)
Pittsburgh, PA 15206


Chatham Baroque has been exciting audiences for more than 25 years with dazzling technique and lively interpretations of music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries played on copies of instruments of the period. The artistically nimble ensemble of Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) invites the finest of guest artists to perform with them throughout the season, allowing for repertoire ranging from well known masterpieces to obscure gems. They also tour nationally and internationally and present numerous early childhood and community outreach programs.

The demand for Chatham Baroque’s unique brand of artistry and expertise continues to grow, offering a unique resource for other arts organizations in the Pittsburgh region. In recent years, Chatham Baroque has collaborated with Pittsburgh Opera, Quantum Theatre, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Renaissance & Baroque, Attack Theatre and Pittsburgh Festival Opera to critical acclaim.

Chatham Baroque has released two critically acclaimed CDs under their own label with a third due in the spring of 2017. They have begun to re-master and re-package seven previously released and out of print CDs for a collection entitled “Vintage Chatham Baroque.”

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