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Folk Dialogues.

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Kevin, Sarah and Gaia webGaia Saetermoe-Howard ~ oboe and recorders
Sarah Stone ~ cello
Kevin C. Devine ~ harpsichord

In this recital, historical oboist and recorder player Gaia Saetermoe-Howard and continuo team Sarah Stone and Dr. Kevin C. Devine explore folk-influenced Baroque music from South America and Northern Europe. The featured composers incorporated folk idioms from their cultures into each of these works, and in doing so, sparked a dialogue between the concert hall and the bandstand.

This performance is dedicated in loving memory to our friend Ian van Maaren.

Gaia Saetermoe-Howard is a New York City-based oboist and recorder player, passionate about exploring global histories through musical performance. She performs regularly with various Baroque ensembles throughout North America, and in her premiere season will make her debuts with the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, and others. Her recent scholarly projects have focused on the music at the Elmina Castle in Ghana and the life of the female composer Barbara Strozzi. She is a graduate of the Juilliard Historical Performance Program and the Eastman School of Music. www.gaiashoboe.com 

A curiosity in the cultural background behind the music she plays led Sarah Stone to Baroque cello and viola da gamba. "The show is not over... Questlove keeps spinning into the early morning. Sir Patrick Stewart has been reading a Shakespeare sonnet everyday. Sarah Stone, who plays cello and viola da gamba, has stuck to her 'Bach Everyday' performances...Since March 19, she’s done a Bach Chorale each day." (Geoff Edgers, The Washington Post, June 10, 2020). At the start of the pandemic Sarah created Everyday Bach, recording multi-instrumental Bach for consecutive 375 days. Sarah plays with Repast Baroque, NYBI, Washington National Cathedral, Seraphic Fire, The Thirteen, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Sebastians, and Baroque Music Montana. Sarah holds a Masters in Historical Performance from The Juilliard School, a Masters from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelors of Music from Rice University. www.sarahabigaelstone.com

Dedicated to presenting audiences with innovative programs, Kevin C. Devine looks to underrepresented voices of the past, expanding the early music canon and brings fresh repertoire to the harpsichord. Dr. Devine has obtained degrees from Boston University, Stony Brook University, and has completed a graduate diploma at The Juilliard School. He has been invited to play solo recitals on several concert series, including Gotham Early Music Scene and Harpsichord Heaven at the Barn at Flintwoods.


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

In person at St. Malachy's Church, 239 West 49th Street, Manhattan

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.