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Angels & Demons.

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Houseoftime webTatiana Daubek ~ violin
Gonzalo X Ruiz ~ oboe
Matt Zucker ~ cello
Elliot Figg ~ harpsichord

Angelic inspiration and demonic possession take turns driving some of the most dramatic works of the Baroque. Tartini claimed that his fiendish Devil's Trill Sonata was played to him by the devil himself sitting at the foot of his bed and in Vivaldi's Damnation Sonata the oboe becomes a wayward soul dragged down to hell. Trios by Arcangelo Corelli, and Marin Marais, who "played like an angel", contrast with works by Antoine Forqueray, who "played like a demon". House of Time explores these mythic extremes in Baroque music, capped by a special edition of La Folia (The Madness of Spain).

House of Time, known for its “fluency and command” (San Francisco Classical Voice) and "fine playing, cohesiveness and creativity" (Early Music America) is dedicated to both well-known and underperformed repertoire of the 17th through the 21st centuries played on period instruments. Members and guests include faculty and alumni of The Juilliard School, as well as prize winners of major international competitions. Using the instruments and techniques of the past to express the vivid passions in the music, House of Time has moved audiences and keeps them coming back for more. Critics have declared oboist, Gonzalo X. Ruiz, “one of only a handful of truly superb Baroque oboists in the world” (Alte Musik Aktuell), while violinist Tatiana Daubek is known for her "sleekly elegant playing" (Gazettes Long Beach) and soloistic precision (Early Music America). By performing quality concerts showcasing world-class musicians on period instruments, House of Time presents our Classical music heritage in a way that not only entertains but also allows greater understanding of its cultural context. By replacing the traditional pre-concert lecture with personable and accessible remarks from the stage, the ensemble breaks down the barrier between performer and audience, and gives casual listeners, as well as experts, the opportunity to understand the intersection between musicology and performance. By committing to performing its series in the Washington Heights as well as Lincoln Center neighborhoods, and making tickets available and affordable through a variety of outlets, House of Time seeks to bring the musical jewels of the past and the thrill of live performance available to all New Yorkers.

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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.