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Biber meets Bach.voyage sonique

Biber meets Bach -- an intriguing concept, considering that Bach may have known and even owned some of Biber’s works. This program combines exciting works from both composers in trio sonata formation. The organ sonatas by Bach, compiled in Leipzig in the 1720s, contain three independent parts (two hands and feet!) which work in trio sonata format due to this voicing. Extremely virtuosic and exciting compositions, one will find oneself in complete disbelief that this could be performed by just one organist! Here, the two violin parts trade off pyrotechnics within the lush contrapuntal writing provided by the continuo team. The Partia by Biber, also extremely virtuosic and thrilling, is written in scordatura for the two violinists, meaning we completely retune our instruments -- E, A, E, A instead of G, D, A, E.

Voyage Sonique is a period ensemble devoted to historical performance of baroque music. The founding members – Juilliard alumni – met during their studies at The Juilliard School, forming the ensemble after discovering a tight-knit friendship and united passion and playing styles. As individual musicians, each enjoys a flourishing solo and chamber career: Jeffrey Girton recently gave his solo concerto Lincoln Center debut and performed with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra in Handel’s Almira; Augusta McKay Lodge celebrates her Naxos solo album release of Beyond Bach and Vivaldi and together with Keiran Campbell gave her Carnegie Hall debut; Keiran recently performed with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra in their 2017 season and is a renowned modern and baroque cellist; Robert Warner has performed with conductors such as Masaaki Suzuki, Kristian Bezuidenhout, and Ton Koopman; and Adam Cockerham pursues a busy career in New York and on the West Coast with ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra and Philharmonia Chamber Players and can be found on an album with soprano Danielle Sampson. Currently in their second season as an ensemble, Voyage Sonique has already experienced a promising start and looks forward to a full year of concerts including a program at Bloomington Early Music Festival as part of EMA’s Emerging Artists, and was featured in concert with GEMS (Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc.) on their Midtown Concert Series.

Augusta McKay Lodge, violin
Jeffrey Girton, violin
Keiran Campbell, cello
Robert Warner, harpsichord
Adam Cockerham - theorbo/lute


1:15 - 2:00 pm
All concerts are free; no tickets or reservations are necessary.

The Chapel at St. Bartholomew's Church
50th St. and Park Avenue


GEMS is a non-profit corporation that supports and promotes the artists and organizations in New York devoted to early music— the music of the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Classical periods.