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Upcoming Sarasa Concerts

We’re pleased to welcome you to the latest season of the Sarasa Chamber Music Series!

The sixteenth season of Sarasa’s Chamber Music Series promises to deliver a fascinating and varied selection of works that we hope will entice our longstanding supporters and friends, and welcome many newcomers. Musicians hailing from Europe and esteemed locals from the Boston area and beyond combine forces to present a collaborative spirit and mixture of approaches.

Sarasa’s Chamber Music Series coexists with its indispensable Outreach Program in juvenile detention centers. Generated with a similar desire to touch the lives of others, its short residencies and concerts provide much needed creative interactions with teens who have no recourse to live music in their daily life. These sessions re-establish vibrancy, confidence and hope to those who have been affected by trauma, dysfunctional home lives and suffered from severe addictions and depression. We continue to be generously supported by the Kalliopeia Foundation and the Otto and Marianne Wolman Foundation, without whom this invaluable work would be impossible. Sarasa also relies on the magnanimous donations from you, our wonderful audience and patrons. Thank you for your continued support, and here’s to an exciting season ahead!

  LA VOIX FRANÇOISE
        French Baroque vocal and instrumental music by Couperin, Lambert, Marais, Duphly, Rameau, Leclair, and Montéclair
La Voix Françoise

•   Emily van Evera, soprano
•   Elizabeth Blumenstock, violin
•   Jennifer Morsches, piccolo cello
•   Timothy Merton, cello
•   Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Our first program delves into the rich texture of French Baroque music, a national style that is both ornate and profound, belying the clean lines of its construction. Led by celebrated Baroque specialists soprano Emily van Evera and violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, we look forward to sashaying on stage, Sarasa’s first foray into the opulent world of Louis XIV! 

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»  8 pm Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, September 21, 2014
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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  C.P.E. BACH and J.-P. RAMEAU ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
        Music of C.P.E. Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, and Francesco Alborea

•   Jennifer Morsches, piccolo cello
•   Robin Bigwood, harpsichord

2014 could not pass by without celebrating the anniversary years of CPE Bach (300th birthday) and Jean-Philippe Rameau (250th year of death) on our series. Portraying the genius of these two neglected, yet highly influential and forward-looking composers are Jennifer Morsches, cello, and acclaimed British harpsichordist, Robin Bigwood. The program, in addition to Rameau’s colorful and flamboyant solo harpsichord works, will include CPE Bach’s two sonatas Wq 136 and 137, written for Viola da gamba and continuo, presented here on an original five-string piccolo cello. 

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»  8 pm Saturday, November 8, 2014
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, November 9, 2014
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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  HAYDN’S GENIUS
        Haydn Piano Sonata in E-flat Major | Mozart Flute Quartet
        Salomon’s arrangements of Haydn’s Symphony No. 101 in D Major (“Clock”) amd Symphony No. 94 in G Major (“Surprise”)

•   Emi Ferguson, flute
•   Christina Day Martinson and Jesse Irons, violins
•   Jenny Stirling, viola
•   Timothy Merton, cello
•   Maggie Cole, fortepiano

Long-time Sarasa favorite Maggie Cole, fortepiano, returns to perform with Emi Ferguson, flute, Christina Day Martinson and Jesse Irons, violins, Jenny Stirling, viola and Sarasa director Timothy Merton, cello in an intimate concert highlighting the genius of Franz Joseph Haydn. His “London” symphonies, arranged for this chamber ensemble combination by 18th century impresario, violinist and Haydn’s close friend, Salomon will be the main attraction. 

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»  8 pm Saturday, January 31, 2015
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, February 1, 2015
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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  BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
        Dvořák String Sextet in A Major | Brahms String Sextet in G Major

•   Haldan Martinson and Christina Day Martinson, violins
•   Jenny Stirling and Sarah Darling, violas
•   Timothy Merton and Jennifer Morsches, cellos

After the overwhelmingly positive response to Sarasa’s performance of Schubert’s’ Cello Quintet last May, Haldan Martinson, violin, joins us again to enthrall, this time in the string sextet literature. Extending the Charles Bridge of Prague over the Charles River of Cambridge, we will perform works by Dvořák and Brahms (in Bohemian spirit) to end the season in a generous and rhapsodic fashion. 

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»  8 pm Saturday, May 30, 2015
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, May 31, 2015
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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