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Allen Whear and Dongsok ShinBach and Bologna.

A half century before the iconic cello suites of J.S. Bach, the violoncello was emerging as a potent solo instrument in Bologna thanks to the pioneering efforts of Domenico Gabrieli and others. The Bolognese school of cello playing embraced alternate tunings, and the scordatura (GDGC) stipulated by Bach for his Fifth Suite was commonplace. This program features a selection of Bolognese sonatas using this tuning, along with Bach's Fifth Suite in C Minor.

Allen Whear is Associate Principal Cellist of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Artistic Director of Baltimore's Pro Musica Rara. He is Principal Cellist and Recital Director of the Carmel Bach Festival. A graduate of the New England Conservatory and the Juilliard School, he was the recipient of an ITT International Fellowship, studied with Anner Bylsma in Amsterdam, and holds a doctorate from Rutgers University. He has performed as soloist with Tafelmusik, the Brandenburg Collegium, Philadelphia Classical Symphony, the Mid-Atlantic Chamber Orchestra, and the Charleston Symphony. He has appeared with Musica Antiqua Köln, the Vienna Boys Choir, Concert Royal, the Mozartean Players, and the Smithsonian Chamber Players. His recording credits include Sony, Virgin, Musical Heritage, Naxos, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi. He has given concerts, lectures, and master classes in Shanghai in Beijing, and Vietnam. He teaches baroque cello and viola da gamba at the University of North Texas College of Music.

Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, Dongsok Shin has appeared with the American Classical Orchestra, ARTEK, Concert Royal, Early Music New York, Carmel Bach Festival, Mark Morris Dance Group, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. He has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Mexico, has been heard on numerous radio broadcasts nationally and internationally, and has recorded for ATMA Classique, Bridge Records, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Hänssler Classic, Helicon, Lyrichord, and Newport Classic. He was a founding member of the Mannes Camerata, receiving international critical acclaim as music director for their productions of early baroque operas, and he was a member, as well as a guest director of NYS Baroque in Ithaca, NY. https://www.rebelbaroque.com/

Allen Whear, cello
Dongsok Shin, harpsichord

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. 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.