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Of Two Minds.

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Four Nations Ensemble_duoWhen Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and cello sonatas conquered Parisian taste, the city boasted its admired and unique musical character and tradition. The opera with roots in Lully and the repertory of chamber and harpsichord music boasted the subtle genius of François Couperin. Emotionally courteous and restrained music along with its gift for sensuality were at odds with the modern concertos and sonatas from Venice. But the French were besotted with the energy and passion of Italian music. Our program puts the noble expression so aligned with language of Couperin alongside the singing and emoting sonatas of Vivaldi... definitely music of two minds.

Loretta O'Sullivan, cello
Andrew Appel, harpsichord

For over four decades, The Four Nations Ensemble has brought together leading soloists, generational front-runners of period vocal and instrumental performances. Through their innovative programming, they have developed a diverse audience and are a leading presence on the early music scene, performing at major houses and festivals including The Kennedy Center and Lincoln Center, The Boston Early Music Festival, and New York's Mostly Mozart, among many others.

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

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

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/94474265453
Meeting ID: 944 7426 5453

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.