The War of Bacchus and Cupid: 

Printemps vs. Automne, by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier

 

Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 7:30 PM

The Green Room, Somerville MA

What better way to celebrate Bastille Day than to revel in music composed by one of the French baroque's most prolific and successful freelance artists, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier?

Les Peines et Les Plaisirs:

Chamber Drama in the French Baroque 

 

Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM

First Lutheran Church, Boston MA 

With our inaugural concert, we premiered Philippe Courbois's cantata, L'Orphée.  Courbois hoped that the cantata would land him a job at a sumptuous château.  Things didn't work out for him in 1710, but in 2016 his work is compelling, imaginative, and fun.  

Musical Mythologies of the French Baroque

Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7 PM

Community Music Center of Boston

In 17th-century France, music was never enjoyed as a purely sonic pleasure. Audiences appreciated music for its visual spectacle and its role in bringing people together for conversation, food, and wine. Tonight, we enjoyed cantatas on mythological themes while tasting some of the finest wines of France.

For Equal Viols: The Pièces de Violes of Sainte-Colombe

Friday, June 16, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Old South Church of Boston

The Sieur de Sainte-Colombe, famously portrayed in Alain Corneau's 1991 film, Tous les Matins du Monde, was a notable viol teacher and composer in late 17th-century France.  His pieces for bass viols range from lilting dance tunes to heartrending laments.  Today we explored one of Sainte-Colombe's most moving duets for bass viols, Tombeau Les Regrets.