October is here, and that means concert season!
Sarasa opened their 20th Anniversary season with a beautiful performance of Bach’s Art of Fugue, paired with fascinating works by Berio, Dutilleux, and Penderecki. This also marked the ensemble’s first performance at Harvard-Epworth Church; the acoustics and welcoming space certainly lent itself well to our opening performance.
This weekend! Sarasa presents 8: Octets
Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet is one of the most adored chamber music pieces in the string repertoire, composed by a very precocious and nimble 16-year-old talent. Rarely performed on original instruments with gut strings, Sarasa offers a fresh view of this energetic work. The particularly innovative program includes contrasting elements of sublime French Baroque music by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (Sonate à 8) with the soulful expanse of Schnittke’s compelling Collected Songs Where Every Verse Is Filled with Grief, arranged for string octet.
Rodolfo Richter, Christina Day Martinson, David Wish, Rebecca Huber, violins; Jenny Stirling, Jason Fisher, violas; Jennifer Morsches, Timothy Merton, cellos
IMPORTANT: VENUE INFO!
Please note that Saturday’s concert will be held at the Christ Church in Cambridge, located at Zero Garden Street in Cambridge. Here are some tips for arriving to Christ Church:
By Public Transportation:
Christ Church is a 3-5 minute walk from the Harvard Square Red Line station.
Christ Church is located on the Cambridge Common at Zero Garden Street. There is limited meter parking on Garden Street in front of the Church, as well as on the adjoining streets. The closest parking lot is Church Street Lot, 41 Church St., Cambridge (website)
Sarasa receives award from Massachusetts Department of Youth Services for Work with Teens
The Massachusetts Department of Youth Services unanimously chose to award the group the 2018 Commissioner’s Community Partner Award for the Boston Metropolitan Region in recognition of outstanding service.
Early Music America Feature: “Sarasa Ensemble Continues to Reach Out”
Keith Powers from Early Music America wrote a terrific feature on the powerful outreach work that Sarasa performs every season. The article was featured as part of their October newsletter!