Les Bostonades Present BERLIN, BELLE ET BIZARRE

Les Bostonades presents the second concert of its 11th Anniversary season on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 7:30pm, at Gordon Chapel, Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston MA. Internationally acclaimed oboist Christopher Palameta appears with Les Bostonades as a guest soloist for this performance, traveling to Boston from his home in Paris.

Tickets start at $15 and may be purchased online via Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling Akiko Sato at (617)-304-8843.

Best known for their superb performances of French Baroque music, period instrument ensemble Les Bostonades delves into a different national style for Berlin: belle et bizarre, a lively program featuring music of Berlin School composers Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Christoph Schaffrath, and Johann Gottlieb Graun. This concert paints a vivid portrait of the Berlin School's unique style, peppered with surprising harmonic shifts, subito dynamics, dramatic pauses, and more.

Celebrated historical oboist Christopher Palameta (based in Paris) will join Les Bostonades as a guest soloist for this program. "Chris is one of my closest friends and one of my favorite oboists to perform with," remarks Akiko Sato, harpsichordist and director of Les Bostonades. Sato continues: "After Chris' last performance with Les Bostonades, I received so many compliments from fans, asking me to bring Chris back for more performances. So, I am thrilled to bring him back to Boston in May, especially since he is an expert on the Berlin School repertoire we are performing . . . particularly the music of Johann Gottlieb Janitsch."

In addition to Palameta, Les Bostonades' May concert Berlin: belle et bizarre will feature the talents of Heloïse Degrugillier, recorder; Abigail Karr, Anna Griffis, Emily Dahl-Irons, and Julia Mackenzie, violins; Sarah Darling and Zoe Kemmerling, viola; Colleen McGary-Smith, cello; Anne Trout, bass; and Akiko Sato, harpsichord.


Frederick the Great (1712 - 1786) Sinfonia in G major
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch (1708 - 1763) Sonata da camera in D major, "Echo", Op. 5 No. 1
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714 - 1788) Symphony in b minor, Wq 182, No.5
Johann Gottlieb Janitsch Sonata da camera in g minor, "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"
Christoph Schaffrath (1709 - 1763) Duet for oboe and harpsichord in B-flat major, CSWV F:32
Johann Gottlieb Graun (1703 - 1771) Concerto for recorder and violin in C major

About Les Bostanades
Now in its 11th season, period-instrument ensemble Les Bostonades has been sharing chamber music with Boston area audiences since 2005. The ensemble features internationally recognized Baroque music specialists who actively collaborate in Boston's vibrant early music scene, bringing spirited and polished performances to listeners throughout the Northeast. The ensemble's performances have been described by Early Music America as "the most engaging chamber music playing...[a] generous, voluptuous sound...well delineated, [and with] a poignancy of emotion." Les Bostonades is an ensemble of flexible size and instrumentation; their regular players, with Ms. Sato at the core, collaborate regularly with internationally renowned Baroque performance specialists. Recent performances have featured Teresa Wakim (soprano), Gonzalo Ruiz (oboe) and Hank Knox (harpsichord), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Christopher Palameta (oboe), and Matthew Wadsworth (theorbo). In June 2017 Les Bostonades will release its second CD with tenor Zachary Wilder, featuring french cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

About Christopher Palameta

Born in Montreal and currently residing in Paris, Christopher Palameta is one of the most celebrated historical oboists of his generation. Hailed as a "refined and intelligent" performer by the Italian Press (Gabriele Formenti, CD Classico), his oboe playing has been called "marvellously smooth and sparkling; sweet, persuading and predominantly on the side of angels" by Early Music America, "technically flawless" by France's Diapason magazine, "silky, captivating, and breathtakingly elegant" by the Toronto Star, and "velvet for the ear" by La Presse de Montréal. After being appointed oboist in the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (based in Toronto, Canada), of which he was a core member for four years, he relocated to France to pursue work with many of Europe's finest period ensembles, including Le Concert Spirituel, Les Siècles, Pygmalion, Les Musiciens du Louvre, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie, La Simphonie du Marais, Le Concert Lorrain, Opera Fuoco and Le Palais Royal in France; Die Kölner Akademie and the Mannheimer Hofkapelle in Germany; Musicaeterna (Perm Opera Orchestra, Russia), the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra, the Finland Baroque Orchestra, and various other Swiss, Belgian, and Scandinavian ensembles. He has recorded over thirty discs for the CPO, BIS, Sony BMG, Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, Alpha, Ricercar, Naxos, ATMA, Analekta and Audax labels.


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