Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s annual baroque fest brings top musicians to Bucks County

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The glorious music of the 17th century comes to life November 10th and 12th.  as Lenape Chamber Ensemble holds its annual Baroque Fest in Doylestown and Upper Black Eddy, PA.  The Friday evening concert at 8:15 is at the historic Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church in Upper Black Eddy; the concert is repeated on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Auditorium located at State Street and New Britain Road in Doylestown. Bucks County audiences will recognize many of Lenape’s distinguished musicians who perform so brilliantly at their regular concerts. This concert includes guest appearances by violinist Anna Elashvili who has served as concertmaster and soloist at concerts worldwide; and flutist Anthony Trionfo who has won praise by his appearances at recitals and festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

Opening the program is the Caprice, Op. 7 for two violins and Continuo, composed by Jacques-Christophe Naudot.  This playful work is written in a French Baroque dance structure with Provencal dance rhythms and stately minuets clearly in evidence. Along with harpsichordist Lionel Party, performers are violinists Anna Elashvili, and Cyrus Beroukhim, concertmaster of the American Symphony and associate principal viola with the New York City Ballet.

Anthony Trionfo will perform at Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s annual Baroque Fest.(Submitted Photo)

Flutist Anthony Trionfo is featured in Concerts en Sextuor written in 1768 by Jean-Philippe Rameau. It is a transcription of the composer’s only chamber music work which was originally published in 1741. Selections from the five “Concerts” will be performed by the entire ensemble of flute, violins, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord.

The Sonata Op. 1 No. 3 for Flute and Continuo was written by Jean-Daniel Braun, a relatively little-known composer. This particular work is said to stand comparison with sonatas by his more famous contemporaries such as Naudot and Blavet.  Anthony Trionfo, Alberto Parrini cello, and harpsichordist Lionel Party perform this inventive and technically demanding selection.

No baroque concert could be complete without Bach, and his delightful Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord and Strings.  Once again, the flute makes its thrilling appearance, instead of the recorder, which was featured in the other four concertos. The famous harpsichord solo is played by Lionel Party who for many years as harpsichordist with the New York Philharmonic, performed the Brandenburg No. 5 with its solo at Lincoln Center.

At the intermission, members of the audience may enjoy refreshments and meet and chat with the musicians.  Tickets at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students are available at the door or by calling (610) 294-9361.  All concerts are supported by a grant from Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, part of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Bucks County Tourism Grant Program.

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Written by: Soft FM Radio Staff

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