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André Laurent O'NeilGabrielli and Bach: The Scordatura Connection.

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A common cello tuning C-G-d-g in late 17th-century Bologna used by Domenico Gabrielli had become an exotic tuning by the time Bach employed it, once only, in his C minor Suite. This program contrasts two approaches to the cello as a solo instrument, just 1000 km and 30 years apart.

André Laurent O'Neil, cello

Baroque cellist André Laurent O'Neil has performed with renowned groups including the Handel & Haydn Society (Boston), New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), New Belgrade Opera (Serbia), and Il Rossignolo (Italy). EarRelevant calls his newly-released complete Bach Suites recording “engaging, imaginative performances.” Ordering information on the double CD can be found at http://editionlilac.com/bach-suites.htm.


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

This concert will be livestreamed on our website, and on YouTube and Facebook, followed by an intimate chat on Zoom.

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 St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan, AND live streamed.