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Return to the Garden of Love.

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Balam webMusicians:
Lisa Terry ~ viola da gamba
Ryan Closs ~ theorbo
Dongsok Shin ~ harpsichord
Dongmyung Ahn ~ violin
Eugenia Forteza ~ mezzo-soprano

Carlos Fittante
Yumiko Niimi
Toshinori Hamada

By popular demand, BALAM presents a sequel performance from the Garden of Love. This version will reunite our winning artist team from the original work but add a new music trio to begin the show, as well as a third masked dance character. Return to the Garden of Love will begin with the Trio Sonata in D Major by Georg Philipp Telemann performed by expert period musicians. Immediately following this piece will be BALAM's new 30-minute theatrical sequel entertainment showcasing a mezzo-soprano and masked Baroque dancers performing as masked fantasy characters to the Entrée d’Apollon by Jean Baptiste Lully, transcription for solo harpsichord by Jean Henri d’Anglebert, excerpts from Francois Couperin’s Concerts Royaux, and the aria "Sans Freyeur dan ce Bois" by Marc Antoine Charpentier. This magical and charming program suggests the Baroque opera entreact divertissement and combines all the performative arts: music, dance, costumes, and acted text.

BALAM Dance Theatre (BALAM) was founded in 1979 by choreographer and dance educator Islene Pinder and has performed throughout the United States, and internationally. Under the artistic direction of Carlos Fittante, a Baroque dance specialist, presently the company’s repertoire highlights Baroque, Balinese, Japanese Noh, and Spanish Escuela Bolera techniques. BALAM’s unique blend of historically and culturally informed innovative choreography, opulent costumes, striking masks, eclectic music, and fantasy characters enacting myths and tales presented at the grass-roots level, has broad audience appeal and is suitable for people of all ages and backgrounds.

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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.