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house of timeThe Dream of Ulisses, the Madness of Medea.

Two major classic French works for soprano and "symphonie" are the anchors for this musical flight of fancy. Elisabeth Jaquet de la Guerre was child prodigy who performed for Louis XIV at the age of five and was the first woman in France to compose an opera. In her cantata, Ulisses enrages Neptune by trying to hide his ships and is punished by a fierce storm, but Minerva offers him refuge and respite by way of a deep, magical sleep. Clerambault's "Medée" vividly depicts Medea's rage at Jason's infidelity, and her descent into madness and murder. Purcell's dreamy chaconne and Biber's mad violin writing act as a counterpart to Vivaldi's menacing "Damnation Sonata", and his unparalleled driving exploration of the "Madness of Spain."

House of Time, known for their “fluency and command” (San Francisco Classical Voice) is dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertoire of the 17th through the 21st century played on period instruments. Members and guests include Juilliard and Curtis faculty and alumni of The Juilliard School, as well as prize-winners of major international competitions. Using the instruments and techniques of the past to express the vivid passions in the music, House of Time has moved audiences and keeps them coming back for more. Critics have declared oboist, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, “one of only a handful of truly superb baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell); Tatiana Daubek, is known for her "sleekly elegant playing" (Gazettes Long Beach); Avi Stein, one of NYC’s finest, is described by the New York Times as “a brilliant organ soloist” and Beiliang Zhu, is described by the New Yorker as “elegant, sensual and stylishly wild”.
Currently in their 6th season, House of Time is ensemble in residence at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. They have been presented by the Berkeley Early Music Festival, Czech Center New York, Early Music Festival: NYC, Music Before 1800, San Diego and San Francisco Early Music Societies, The University Club in NYC and the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. Future appearances include concerts and masterclasses presented by the Early Music Series at Michigan State University. House of Time as a group and individuals continue to give free outreach concerts at Mount Sinai Concerts for Patients in New York City and may be seen giving impromptu pop up concerts in casual venues such as local cafes. House of Time is also on the roster of GEMS Live! Artists.

 

Tatiana Daubek, violin
Gonzalo Ruiz, oboe
Avi Stein, harpsichord
Sarah Stone, cello
Molly Netter, soprano

 

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

 

Midtown Concerts sponsors lunchtime performances of music of the 18th century and earlier for anyone seeking a respite from the midtown hustle and bustle. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

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

**Hall is fully accessible**