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Bring on the baroque: Wisc. Baroque ensemble opens season

October 8, 2010


The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble opens its 2010-2011 season in Eaton Chapel at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Fri., Oct. 8). Admission is free, but a voluntary contribution is appreciated.

As the harpsichordist for the group, Max Yount is hob-nobbing with superb artists whom you have heard and come to love. Rebecca Meier-Rao, baroque flute, will be a duet partner with the harpsichord in a lovely early Classic sonata by Franz Benda; and she will offer a solo fantasie by Telemann. The vocal artists, Mimmi Fulmer and Consuelo Sanudo, are singing highly expressive madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi and  Luzzasco Luzzaschi, with rich accompaniment of violas da gamba, cello and harpsichord—all in rich flawless Italian.  

Emerging from accompanying roles, the instrumentalists will flaunt some solos: Eric Miller two gamba solos by Carl Friedrich Abel; Anton TenWolde will perform a majestic cello sonata by Francesco Geminiani, and Max Yount a precocious prelude and fugue for harpsichord by J. S. Bach.