Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Chatham Baroque Does Handel and More This Weekend

Patricia Halverson, Andrew Fouts and Scott Pauley -Chatham Baroque

With music the vessel, Chatham Baroque's 26th Season is an aural Grand Tour of Baroque Europe.

Each of four concerts features music from one of the four nations whose distinct national styles characterize the sound of the Baroque - Germany, Italy, France, and England. French-Canadian soprano Pascale Beaudin gives voice to this journey with exquisite and supple interpretations to transport audiences to other times and other lands.

For a fifth concert, its annual trio performance, Chtham Baroque will perform some of its favorite music from all four nations plus something brand new from a little closer to home.

At 8 p.m. this Saturday, December 17 at Calvary Episcopal Church, (McClintick Hall) in Shadyside and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 18 at Chatham College's Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham Baroque performs a holiday concert that explores George Frideric Handel and the Italian influences that shaped him.

Major works include Handel’s youthful Italian work Gloria; a Christmas cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti; and sacred works from Claudio Monteverdi’s collection Selva morale e spirituale. With Pascale Beaudin (soprano), David Walker (theorbo and baroque guitar), and a rollicking ensemble of strings and plucked continuo.

Tickets are 10 to $35. and are available at the door or at www.chathambaroque.org/events.

At 8 p.m. on Friday, December 16, the Society to Preserve the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka is pleased to present Chatham Baroque as they bring the holiday spirit of the Baroque tradition to St. Nicholas Croatian Catholic Church, home of the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka.

Guests are invited to a docent-led tour of the Millvale Murals of Maxo Vanka prior to the performance at 7 p.m. The 8 p.m. performance will be followed by a reception.

Artistic Directors Andrew Fouts (baroque violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo and baroque guitar) will be joined by a sumptuous ensemble of guest instrumentalists and the incomparable French-Canadian Soprano, Pascale Beaudin. The concert will feature a charming Christmas Cantata by Alessandro Scarlatti, a trio sonata by Antonio Vivaldi, and Baroque Christmas carols from across Europe.

Admission is $20 per person. For reserved seating, purchase your tickets by December 15th.

Chatham Baroque's wildly popular Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are designed especially for preschool children and their accompanying grown ups. Peanut Butter & Jam Sessions are hosted by certified Kindermusik teacher Lynda Wingerd, and encourage young children to become active and enthusiastic listeners through music, dance, and games. These informal concerts are fun, lively and educational. All performances feature live music, often with visiting friends and guest artists as noted.

Showtimes at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m. at calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside.

December 17 - Sing we Noël (back by popular demand)

January 21 - I’ve Got Rhythm!

February 4 - Meet the Baroque Flute, the One-Keyed Wonder

March 4 - Piano and Forte

April 8 - The British are Coming, with music for violins, viols and theorbos

About Pascale Beaudin

Pascale Beaudin began her career on stage with the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opera de Montreal. She appears on operatic stages in Canada (Opéra de Montréal, Opera Lyra Ottawa, Opéra de Québec), in France (Angers-Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Marseille, Opéra National de Lorraine, Opéra de Metz) and the United States (Opera Lafayette) in roles such as Zerlina, Papagena, Fiordiligi, Oscar, Adèle de Formoutiers and Nannetta.

Soprano Pascale Beaudin Credit Courtesy Photo
The New York Times praised her shimmering voice and girlish sassiness, while the Washington Post music critic reported that she sang the aria “Per pietà” with such deliberate quiet elegance and restraint that it was a highlight not just of the evening, but also of my year.

Beaudin’s incomparable diction, intelligent musicality and expressivity make her ideal for concert and recital work. In addition to being a permanent member of the Four Nations Ensemble, Mrs. Beaudin collaborates with many orchestras, namely the Orchestre Métropolitain, l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montréal, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Francophonie, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, Les Idées Heureuses, Montréal Baroque, the Société d’art vocal de Montréal, the Centre international de mélodie française de Tours and the Orchestre régional de Cannes.

She has been invited to perform in music festivals such as the Festival de Lanaudière, the Festival d’opéra de Québec, the Montreal Bach Festival, the Festival des musiques sacrées de Marseille, the Festival du Domaine Forget.

Mrs. Beaudin is one of 6 singers featured on the critically acclaimed 5-disc release « Mélodies complètes de Francis Poulenc » with pianist Olivier Godin, on the Atma label. She is also featured on the world premiere recording of Les femmes vengées, an opera by Philidor, with Opera Lafayette on the Naxos label.

Proud of her Acadian heritage, Pascale Beaudin frequently performs at home, with Symphony New Brunswick and Opera New Brunswick, as well as at the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival, the Indian River Chamber Music Festival and the Barachois Summer Music Festival.

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