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The Marvelous Mr. Meusel.

Mr. Jones and the Engines of DestructionGottfried Meusel (1688-1728) was the town of Gotha’s court lutenist. Ernst Baron, who assumed the post at Gotha after Meusel’s untimely death, wrote about Meusel in his 1727 history of the lute, describing him as one of the first to really master the new cantabile style.

Daniel Swenberg, baroque lute
Taya Tarasevich König, baroque flute
Oliver Weston, viola da gamba
Charles Weaver, theorbo

Mr. Jones & the Engines of Destruction: In 1605 famed-English architect Inigo Jones brought the newly-developed Theorbo from Italy into England. At Dover, customs impounded the instrument fearing it was some engine from the popish lands brought to destroy the king. This group emphasizes fun, lascivious, nerdy, and dramatic programs and features rarely heard ensembles for the lute family. Programs about Economics and History are the core of the group’s mission, including an upcoming CD release about the 1720 South Sea Stock Bubble. Other programs champion lesser-known ensembles featuring lutes and guitars.

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

This concert will be livestreamed.

Check back here for details closer to the date. 

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. Ensembles are chosen by a panel of early-music specialists from the metropolitan area.

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

Concerts are currently livestreamed, followed by an intimate chat on Zoom.