Heidi Powell & Dongmyung Ahn, violins; Benjamin Wolff, cello; Charles Weaver, lute
Galileo's Muse explores the delightful and surprising relationship between the scientist Galileo Galilei and the music of late Renaissance Italy. It tells the story of how Galileo's love of music and his experience as a lute player held the key to one of his most important scientific accomplishments—the formulation of his "Law of Falling Bodies." With rarely performed lute music by Galileo's father and brother, sparkling 17th century Italian dances and sonatas, and a live reenactment of the experiment of the Inclined Plane, this program invites us into Galileo's world.
REBEL The British Connection: Distingished Eccentrics
Jörg-Michael Schwarz & Karen Marie Marmer, violins; John Moran, cello; Dongsok Shin, harpsichord
REBEL performs works by Corelli, Purcell, Blow, Boyce & Geminiani. As the capital of an island nation at the center of a burgeoning empire, London's musical life was a dynamic confluence of cosmopolitanism and quasi-provincial stodginess. Composers and public alike were enamored of the fresh ideas, and artists, from Italy, France, and Germany, whose influences enlivened, without ever sweeping away, the core Englishness of musical art.