Russian Nights
May
20
8:00 pm20:00

Russian Nights

  • Friends Meeting House

The final program of Sarasa's 2016-17 season will conclude with the warmth of a great big Russian bearhug.  Led by the ever elegant Haldan Martinson, Principal Second Violin of the BSO, Sarasa will delve into opulent, sonorous palettes of colour and virtuosic string writing in two much beloved works by compatriots and contemporaries Anton Arensky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Program for May 20, 2017 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA will include:

Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 for violin, viola and two cellos
Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir de Florence', Op. 70

Haldan Martinson & Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling & Marka Gustavsson violas; Timothy Merton & Jennifer Morsches, cellos

Purchase tickets here.

Russian Nights
May
21
7:30 pm19:30

Russian Nights

  • First Parish Concord

The final program of Sarasa's 2016-17 season will conclude with the warmth of a great big Russian bearhug.  Led by the ever elegant Haldan Martinson, Principal Second Violin of the BSO, Sarasa will delve into opulent, sonorous palettes of colour and virtuosic string writing in two much beloved works by compatriots and contemporaries Anton Arensky and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.

Program for May 21, 2017 at the First Parish in Concord will include:

Arensky String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 35 for violin, viola and two cellos
Tchaikovsky String Sextet in D minor 'Souvenir de Florence', Op. 70

Haldan Martinson & Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling & Marka Gustavsson violas; Timothy Merton & Jennifer Morsches, cellos

Purchase tickets here.

Telemann and His World
Sep
16
8:00 pm20:00

Telemann and His World

  • Friends Meeting House

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death, one of the Baroque era’s most prolific and popular composers.  A cosmopolitan traveller, his music displays a consummate and persuasive understanding of the French and Italian national styles, as well as an appreciation of folk influences from his time spent in Poland.  Sarasa’s opening concerts for the 2017-18 season present Telemann’s music in the context of the influences by his predecessors and contemporaries, joined by leading British period instrumentalists. 

Music by Telemann, Händel, Lully, Corelli, Campra, JS Bach

Annabel Knight, recorders and flute; Richard Earle, oboe; Alison Bury, violin; Timothy Merton & Jennifer Morsches, cellos & piccolo cello; Robin Bigwood, harpsichord

Telemann and His World
Sep
17
7:00 pm19:00

Telemann and His World

  • First Parish in Concord

2017 marks the 250th anniversary of Georg Philipp Telemann’s death, one of the Baroque era’s most prolific and popular composers.  A cosmopolitan traveller, his music displays a consummate and persuasive understanding of the French and Italian national styles, as well as an appreciation of folk influences from his time spent in Poland.  Sarasa’s opening concerts for the 2017-18 season present Telemann’s music in the context of the influences by his predecessors and contemporaries, joined by leading British period instrumentalists. 

Music by Telemann, Händel, Lully, Corelli, Campra, JS Bach

Annabel Knight, recorders and flute; Richard Earle, oboe; Alison Bury, violin; Timothy Merton & Jennifer Morsches, cellos & piccolo cello; Robin Bigwood, harpsichord

Sacro-Profanus
Nov
18
8:00 pm20:00

Sacro-Profanus

  • Friends Meeting House

Spirituality and earthly pleasures form the basis of the human experience, two realms into which we are regularly pulled or pushed.  Sarasa's November program offers a wonderful contrast of works that connect to our pious and secular natures.  Sarasa is delighted to welcome back the brilliant and versatile tenor, Frank Kelley, and our regular favorite, Christina Day Martinson, violin, for this exciting  program, which includes Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet in A minor.

Music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Dieterich Buxtehude and Franz Schubert

Frank Kelley, tenor; Christina Day Martinson & TBA, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello

Sacro-Profanus
Nov
19
7:00 pm19:00

Sacro-Profanus

  • First Parish in Concord

Spirituality and earthly pleasures form the basis of the human experience, two realms into which we are regularly pulled or pushed.  Sarasa's November program offers a wonderful contrast of works that connect to our pious and secular natures.  Sarasa is delighted to welcome back the brilliant and versatile tenor, Frank Kelley, and our regular favorite, Christina Day Martinson, violin, for this exciting  program, which includes Schubert’s “Rosamunde” Quartet in A minor.

Music by Antonio Vivaldi, Arvo Pärt, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Dieterich Buxtehude and Franz Schubert

Frank Kelley, tenor; Christina Day Martinson & TBA, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello

A Springboard to the Sublime ~ Boccherini and Mozart
Jan
20
8:00 pm20:00

A Springboard to the Sublime ~ Boccherini and Mozart

  • Friends Meeting House

“If God wanted to speak to man through music, he would do so through Haydn’s works; if, however, he wished to listen to music himself, he would choose the works of Boccherini.” (Jean-Baptiste Cartier) 

Boccherini was not only a formidable cellist, but a composer of prodigious output, especially in his chamber music for strings.  Led by the “interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle” of violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarasa recreates the geniuses of Boccherini and Mozart side by side. The Mozart string sextet is a rarely heard contemporary arrangement of his congenial Sinfonia concertante, K. 364.

Music by Luigi Boccherini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos 

A Springboard to the Sublime ~ Boccherini and Mozart
Jan
21
7:00 pm19:00

A Springboard to the Sublime ~ Boccherini and Mozart

  • First Parish in Concord

“If God wanted to speak to man through music, he would do so through Haydn’s works; if, however, he wished to listen to music himself, he would choose the works of Boccherini.” (Jean-Baptiste Cartier) 

Boccherini was not only a formidable cellist, but a composer of prodigious output, especially in his chamber music for strings.  Led by the “interpretive eloquence and technical sparkle” of violinist Elizabeth Blumenstock, Sarasa recreates the geniuses of Boccherini and Mozart side by side. The Mozart string sextet is a rarely heard contemporary arrangement of his congenial Sinfonia concertante, K. 364.

Music by Luigi Boccherini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Elizabeth Blumenstock, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos 

“Les délices de la solitude”
Mar
3
8:00 pm20:00

“Les délices de la solitude”

  • Friends Meeting House

The viola da gamba, an instrument adored by Louis XIV for its uncanny ability to resemble the human voice, has enjoyed a great revival on the concert stage over the past few decades. As part of the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of F. Couperin’s birth, Sarasa presents a delectable program of solo works for viola da gamba and its eventual usurper, the Baroque cello. Introducing the profound Japanese gambist, Reiko Ichise.

Music by Couperin, Marais, Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel, JS Bach and Boismortier

Reiko Ichise, viola da gamba; Jennifer Morsches, Baroque cello

“Les délices de la solitude”
Mar
4
7:00 pm19:00

“Les délices de la solitude”

  • First Parish in Concord

The viola da gamba, an instrument adored by Louis XIV for its uncanny ability to resemble the human voice, has enjoyed a great revival on the concert stage over the past few decades. As part of the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of F. Couperin’s birth, Sarasa presents a delectable program of solo works for viola da gamba and its eventual usurper, the Baroque cello. Introducing the profound Japanese gambist, Reiko Ichise.

Music by Couperin, Marais, Telemann, Carl Friedrich Abel, JS Bach and Boismortier

Reiko Ichise, viola da gamba; Jennifer Morsches, Baroque cello

“Mirrors”
May
19
8:00 pm20:00

“Mirrors”

  • Friends Meeting House

Johannes Brahms continually looked back towards the Baroque era to search for inspiration in the building blocks of architecture and expression for his compositions, the great keyboardist, François Couperin, being one such important, but overlooked influence. In the final concert of our 2017-18 season, Sarasa presents the beloved String Sextet in B-flat, Op. 18 by Brahms, with rearview mirrors focussed firmly on Couperin and Haydn.
 
Music by François Couperin, Franz Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms

Haldan Martinson, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, TBA, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos

“Mirrors”
May
20
7:00 pm19:00

“Mirrors”

  • First Parish in Concord

Johannes Brahms continually looked back towards the Baroque era to search for inspiration in the building blocks of architecture and expression for his compositions, the great keyboardist, François Couperin, being one such important, but overlooked influence. In the final concert of our 2017-18 season, Sarasa presents the beloved String Sextet in B-flat, Op. 18 by Brahms, with rearview mirrors focussed firmly on Couperin and Haydn.  

Music by François Couperin, Franz Joseph Haydn and Johannes Brahms

Haldan Martinson, Christina Day Martinson, violins; Jenny Stirling, TBA, violas; Timothy Merton, Jennifer Morsches, cellos


Trainspotting
Mar
26
7:00 pm19:00

Trainspotting

  • First Parish Concord

All aboard for Sarasa's special tour of train-inspired music in our March concert set, including works by 19th-century train enthusiast Antonin Dvorák and Steve Reich's very personal account of train travel in the 20th century.  Biber's wonderfully exuberant violin sonata No. 3 from the 1660s, composed some 100 years before trains were even invented, anticipates those very sounds we imagine when a locomotive chugs along its route.  Not to be missed! A multi-media presentation.

Program for March 25, 2017 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA will include:

Works by Piccinini, Biber, Reich and Antonín Dvorák

Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata XIII for solo theorbo
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Sonata No. 3 for violin and basso continuo
Steve Reich Different Trains for string quartet and electric tape
Antonín Dvorák  American String Quartet, No. 12 in F major, Op. 96

Miranda Fulleylove & Jesse Irons, violins; Jason Fisher, viola; Jennifer Morsches, cello; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo; Gregorio León, videographer

Purchase tickets here.

Trainspotting
Mar
25
8:00 pm20:00

Trainspotting

  • Friends Meeting House

All aboard for Sarasa's special tour of train-inspired music in our March concert set, including works by 19th-century train enthusiast Antonin Dvorák and Steve Reich's very personal account of train travel in the 20th century.  Biber's wonderfully exuberant violin sonata No. 3 from the 1660s, composed some 100 years before trains were even invented, anticipates those very sounds we imagine when a locomotive chugs along its route.  Not to be missed! A multi-media presentation.

Program for March 25, 2017 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA will include:

Works by Piccinini, Biber, Reich and Antonín Dvorák

Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata XIII for solo theorbo
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Sonata No. 3 for violin and basso continuo
Steve Reich Different Trains for string quartet and electric tape
Antonín Dvorák  American String Quartet, No. 12 in F major, Op. 96

Miranda Fulleylove & Jesse Irons, violins; Jason Fisher, viola; Jennifer Morsches, cello; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo; Gregorio León, videographer

Purchase tickets here.

Trainspotting
Mar
24
7:30 pm19:30

Trainspotting

  • Next Stage

All aboard for Sarasa's special tour of train-inspired music in our March concert set, including works by 19th-century train enthusiast Antonín Dvořák and Steve Reich's very personal account of train travel in the 20th century.  Biber's wonderfully exuberant violin sonata No. 3 from the 1660s, composed some 100 years before trains were even invented, anticipates those very sounds we imagine when a locomotive chugs along its route.  Not to be missed! A multi-media presentation.

Program for March 24, 2017 at the Next Stage in Putney, VT will include:
Works by Piccinini, Biber, Reich and Antonín Dvořák

Alessandro Piccinini: Toccata XIII for solo theorbo
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber Sonata No. 3 for violin and basso continuo
Steve Reich Different Trains for string quartet and electric tape
Antonín Dvořák  American String Quartet, No. 12 in F major, Op. 96

Miranda Fulleylove & Jesse Irons, violins; Jason Fisher, viola; Jennifer Morsches, cello; Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo; Gregorio León, videographer

Purchase tickets here.

Connecting Passageways to Bach
Feb
5
4:00 pm16:00

Connecting Passageways to Bach

  • 118 Elliot Street Gallery

Works by Buxtehude, Gabrielli, Couperin, Lanzetti, Porpora, Frescobaldi, Pergolesi, and Bach

A wide-ranging program of sonatas and solo works by composers who helped steer Johann Sebastian Bach’s own creative output. Performed on period instruments that showcase the Baroque cello, a rare five-string piccolo cello, and harpsichord by members of the internationally-acclaimed Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble.

Timothy Merton, Baroque cello; Jennifer Morsches, Baroque cello and piccolo cello; Charles Sherman, harpsichord

Tickets are $15 general/senior and $10 students
Purchase tickets at the door or at Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot Street, Brattleboro, VT
Further info: admin@sarasamusic.org or call 617.429.0332

Purchase online tickets here.

 

Connecting Passageways to Bach
Feb
4
7:30 pm19:30

Connecting Passageways to Bach

  • Rehoboth Arts in the Village Concert Series

Works by Buxtehude, Gabrielli, Couperin, Lanzetti, Porpora, Frescobaldi, Pergolesi, and Bach

A wide-ranging program of sonatas and solo works by composers who helped steer Johann Sebastian Bach’s own creative output. Performed on period instruments that showcase the Baroque cello, a rare five-string piccolo cello, and harpsichord by members of the internationally-acclaimed Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble.

Timothy Merton, Baroque cello; Jennifer Morsches, Baroque cello and piccolo cello; Charles Sherman, harpsichord

For information: call 508.463.5384 or visit www.carpentermuseum.org/Arts.htm

 

Music Fit for a King (or Queen)
Jan
29
7:00 pm19:00

Music Fit for a King (or Queen)

  • First Parish Concord

Frank Zappa once said "All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff." Sarasa is delighted to welcome American countertenor sensation, Christopher Lowrey, and the delightful lutenist Michael Leopold to portray an especially intimate and integral account of pieces performed for famous kings and queens in history.  Additionally, it is a chance to discover works dedicated to those royal patrons who were also avid instrumentalists and who, through their influential musical circles, contributed considerably to the 17th- and 18th-century sonata repertoire.

Program for January 28, 2017 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA will include:

Selected arias for countertenor and basso continuo, Sonatas for Baroque cellos and for solo theorbo. Works by Purcell, Buxtehude, de Visée, Händel, Scarlatti, Porpora, Kapsberger, and Lanzetti.

Christopher Lowrey, countertenor; Michael Leopold, theorbo; Timothy Merton, cello; Jennifer Morsches, cello and five-string piccolo cello.

Purchase tickets here.

 Music Fit for a King (or Queen)
Jan
28
8:00 pm20:00

Music Fit for a King (or Queen)

  • Friends Meeting House

Frank Zappa once said "All the good music has already been written by people with wigs and stuff." Sarasa is delighted to welcome American countertenor sensation, Christopher Lowrey, and the delightful lutenist Michael Leopold to portray an especially intimate and integral account of pieces performed for famous kings and queens in history.  Additionally, it is a chance to discover works dedicated to those royal patrons who were also avid instrumentalists and who, through their influential musical circles, contributed considerably to the 17th- and 18th-century sonata repertoire.

Program for January 28, 2017 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA will include:

Selected arias for countertenor and basso continuo, Sonatas for Baroque cellos and for solo theorbo. Works by Purcell, Buxtehude, de Visée, Händel, Scarlatti, Porpora, Kapsberger, and Lanzetti.

Christopher Lowrey, countertenor; Michael Leopold, theorbo; Timothy Merton, cello; Jennifer Morsches, cello and five-string piccolo cello.

Purchase tickets here

Continuum
Nov
6
7:00 pm19:00

Continuum

  • First Parish Concord

Sarasa opens their 18th chamber music season with a thrilling program entitled Continuum, interweaving works by the great German masters JS Bach, his gifted son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and CPE's godfather Telemann with the rich and playful soundscapes of Hungarian natives Bela Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Josef Suk and György Ligeti. Crowd favorite Maggie Cole will be featured in Bach's A major harpsichord concerto and Ligeti's mesmerizing work for solo harpsichord, Continuum.

Program for November 6, 2016 at First Parish in Concord, MA:

GP Telemann Sonata in A major, TWV40: 200 for 2 violins, viola and bass
Bartók Duos for violin (Pillow Dance, Slovak Song, Rumanian Song, Transylvanian Dance)
Kodály Intermezzo for string trio
JS Bach Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 for Harpsichord and Strings
Josef Suk Ballad in D minor for String Quartet
Ligeti Continuum for Solo Harpsichord
CPE Bach Symphony No 5 in B minor for strings and continuo, Wq 182  

Maggie Cole, harpsichord; Christina Day Martinson & Megumi Stohs, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello.

Purchase tickets here.

Continuum
Nov
5
8:00 pm20:00

Continuum

  • Friends Meeting House

Sarasa opens their 18th chamber music season with a thrilling program entitled Continuum, interweaving works by the great German masters JS Bach, his gifted son Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and CPE's godfather Telemann with the rich and playful soundscapes of Hungarian natives Bela Bartók, Zoltán Kodály, Josef Suk and György Ligeti. Crowd favorite Maggie Cole will be featured in Bach's A major harpsichord concerto and Ligeti's mesmerizing work for solo harpsichord, Continuum.

Program for November 5, 2016 at the Friends Meeting House in Cambridge, MA:

GP Telemann Sonata in A major, TWV40: 200 for 2 violins, viola and bass
Bartók Duos for violin (Pillow Dance, Slovak Song, Rumanian Song, Transylvanian Dance)
Kodály Intermezzo for string trio
JS Bach Concerto in A major, BWV 1055 for Harpsichord and Strings
Josef Suk Ballad in D minor for String Quartet
Ligeti Continuum for Solo Harpsichord
CPE Bach Symphony No 5 in B minor for strings and continuo, Wq 182

Maggie Cole, harpsichord; Christina Day Martinson & Megumi Stohs, violins; Jenny Stirling, viola; Timothy Merton, cello.

Purchase tickets here.