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Musical Thievery

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Arnie Dongsok Motomi webThe pardessus de viole came into vogue at the height of the Ancien Régime as means for women to play Italiante violin sonatas. This program will explore the musical boundaries of this hybrid instrument, both within and beyond the borders of its motherland.

Arnie Tanimoto ~ pardessus de viole
Motomi Igarashi ~ pardessus de viole
Dongsok Shin ~ harpsichord
Cullen O'Neil ~ cello

Motomi Igarashi enjoys a rich and varied career on viola da gamba, double bass, violone and lirone. She pursued her graduate studies at The Juilliard School where she studied double bass. After graduating from Juilliard, she went to France to study viola da gamba, spending several years in intensive study with Marianne Muller, Paolo Pandolfo and more recently studied lirone with Erin Headley. She has been in high demand on the viola da gamba, violone, Baroque double bass and lirone since her return from Europe, performing and recording with various groups.

Gold medalist of the 7th International Bach-Abel Competition, Arnie Tanimoto is equally at home on the viola da gamba and Baroque cello. He was the first-ever viola da gamba major at The Juilliard School, where he soloed on both instruments. Described by The New York Times as a “fine instrumental soloist” Arnie performs in venues across the United States, Europe, and Japan. The recipient of a 2017 Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Fellowship he has also performed and recorded with Barthold Kuijken, the Boston Early Music Festival Ensemble, and the Smithsonian Consort of Viols. As a teacher, he serves on the faculty at the Mountainside Baroque Summer Academy as well as maintaining a private studio. He holds degrees and certificates from Oberlin Conservatory, the Eastman School of Music, The Juilliard School, and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.

Much in demand as a soloist and continuo player, Dongsok Shin has been a member of REBEL since 1997 and 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 recorded for ATMA, Bridge, Dorian/Sono Luminus, Hänssler, Helicon, Lyrichord, and Newport Classic. In addition to his performing career, he is a recording engineer, producer, and editor of early music recordings for many labels, as well as a producer of music videos. He tunes and maintains the early keyboard instruments of the Flintwoods Collection in Delaware, and for the Metropolitan Opera and the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. His videos produced by the Met Museum demonstrating their earliest known Bartolomeo Cristofori fortepiano from 1720 have garnered over 2 million views.

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

Live stream details: You can watch it on your computer in any of two places by clicking on the name you wish: our website or YouTube.

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.