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Seventeenth Century Italian Masters

Rachel Nicola 500x350Explore the virtuosity and fantasy of these early Italian works for violin and continuo. From diminutions on Palestrina madrigals to sonatas with vivid contrasts, these works from such composers as Rognoni, Marini, and Uccellini paint a varied and colorful portrait of affect. We may throw in our favorite Schmeltzer sonata because we love it so much! 

Rachel Prendergast ~ baroque violin 
Nicola Canzano ~ harpsichord 

Recent graduates of Juilliard's Historical Performance program, Rachel Prendergast, violinist, and Nicola Canzano, harpsichordist, have collaborated extensively and share a love of the early repertoire. Rachel and Nicola hold degrees respectively from Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music, University of Michigan, and The Juilliard School. Nicola is the founder of Nuovo Practica, which focuses on improvising in baroque music and composing in the early music style.

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

In person at The Church of the Transfiguration, 1 E 29th St, New York City

Check back here for live stream details. You can watch it on your computer in any of three places by clicking on the name you wish: our websiteYouTube or Facebook.


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 in person at the Church of the Transfiguration, New York City, AND live streamed.