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Upcoming Sarasa Concerts

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

Sarasa’s fifteenth season has evolved into a vibrant and varied set of programs rediscovering relatively unknown gems and revisiting some familiar favorites. Sarasa will be introducing some new, exciting musicians to our performances, together with our wonderful regulars who have contributed so much to the musical vitality of the group over the years.

After Sarasa’s performance of the Pergolesi “Stabat Mater” in 2009 on the Boston Early Music Festival Series, we have been reinvited for a concert on Friday, October 18th at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. This time the program will feature Boccherini’s moving account of the “Stabat Mater” with Dominique Labelle, soprano. We will also perform a string quartet and a cello quintet, showcasing Boccherini as a chamber music composer on par with the likes of Haydn and Mozart. The string players include Elizabeth Blumenstock and Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; and Phoebe Carrai and Timothy Merton, cellos. We encourage you not to miss this concert! For tickets please go the BEMF website or phone their box office at 617-661-1812.

Another unmissable highlight on the Sarasa Series in November is the mezzo-soprano Krista River, whom the New York Times lauded for “a shimmering voice… with the virtuosity of a violinist and the expressivity of an actress.” In January, a performance of JS Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and a CPE Bach flute concerto will be sure to lift your spirits. In the spring, we are delighted to embark on our first performance of the great Schubert C major cello quintet.

Additionally it is important to mention Sarasa’s Outreach Program; it is such a vital, integral and defining aspect of our artistic mission. We continue to perform for incarcerated adolescents and to facilitate short residencies with them. After a recent residency, one of the DYS staff wrote “The musical program really lifted up the girls– it was great to see them so upbeat, showing their talent and working collaboratively. This was a very positive experience.”

We would like to thank the Kalliopeia Foundation and the Otto and Marianne Wolman Foundation for their wonderfully generous support of the Sarasa Outreach Program. We are grateful as well to all of our individual donors who continue to give so generously. Your support has been absolutely critical to the strength of our outreach program.

We look forward with anticipation to our 2013- 2014 concerts, encourage you to bring your friends and family, and to join us on our musical journey.

        Haydn Quartet Op. 20, No. 5, Anton Webern Langsamer Satz, Schubert Quintet in C major
Tracing Vienna's Lineage

•   Haldan Martinson, violin
•   Christina Day Martinson, violin
•   Jenny Stirling, viola
•   Jennifer Morsches, cello
•   Timothy Merton, cello

Vienna evokes cafés filled with literati discussing culture, politics and philosophy or simply a refuge for escape, to read a newspaper over a Koffee with Kuchen.  A Mecca of classical music, Vienna was fertile ground for a long line of illustrious composers to create and push the boundaries of form and musical expression. Sarasa’s last concert of the season traces the journey of the string quartet from its inception by Joseph Haydn to the break down of tonal music at the beginning of the 20th century with Anton Webern, a student of Schoenberg.  The program finishes with Franz Schubert’s extraordinary cello quintet, a work that conjures profundity and fragility, fiery Gypsy drive and the lilting Viennese waltz. 

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»  8 pm Saturday, May 31, 2014
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, June 1, 2014
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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        J.S. Bach Sinfonia, J.B. Bach Suite, C.P.E. Bach Flute Concerto, Vivaldi Concerto, J.S. Bach Brandenburg No. 5

•   Cynthia Roberts, violin
•   Emi Ferguson, flute
•   Charles Sherman, harpsichord
•   Beth Wenstrom, violin
•   Sarah Darling, viola
•   Timothy Merton, cello
•   Erik Higgins, bass

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»  8 pm Saturday, January 25, 2014
    Harvard-Epworth UM Church, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, January 26, 2014
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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        Featuring arias by Purcell and J.S. Bach, an aria and a cantata by Handel, and a world premiere by Howard Frazin

•   Krista River, mezzo-soprano
•   Christina Day Martinson, violin
•   Timothy Merton, cello
•   Maggie Cole, harpsichord

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»  8 pm Saturday, November 16, 2013
    Friends Meeting House, Cambridge, MA
»  7 pm Sunday, November 17, 2013
    First Parish in Concord, Concord, MA
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        Stabat Mater with soprano Dominique Labelle,  and Quintets with two cellos
Baroque Trio Sonatas

•   Dominique Labelle, soprano
•   Elizabeth Blumenstock and Christina Day Martinson, violins
•   Jenny Stirling, viola
•   Phoebe Carrai and Timothy Merton, cellos

Tickets for these concerts are not available through Sarasa.
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»  8 pm Friday, October 18, 2013  |  Boston Early Music Festival Series,
    First Church in Cambridge, Cambridge, MA
»  3 pm Sunday, October 20, 2013  |  Union College Concert Series, Schenectady, NY
»  7:30 pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013  |  The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY
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