Catskill Mountain Foundation presents THE CANZONETTA BAROQUE ENSEMBLE in a performance of The Violin Comes of Age on Saturday, May 28th at 8PM at the Doctorow Center for the Arts.
By the beginning of the 17th century the violin had outgrown the limits of its traditional role as a dance band instrument, and quickly became established as the preferred instrument for virtuoso soloistic playing as well as the mainstay of most instrumental ensembles. Successive generations of violinists expanded the instrument's technical range, and famous violin virtuosi were highly sought after in the cultural centers of Europe. Yet for several generations the violin retained something of a reputation as an upstart of questionable lineage, and it was not until final decades of the 17th century that violin music achieved a status comparable to that of its aristocratic cousins the viols, or of vocal music. The violin's rise in status has been credited largely to the achievements of Archangelo Corelli in Italy and Heinrich Biber in Germany. Yet their performances on the violin were equaled, and sometimes surpassed by those of a number of contemporaries, notably Carlo Ambrogio Lonati, Johann Jacob Walther, and Johann Paul von Westhoff, who until recently had been relatively neglected.
The Canzonetta Ensemble will present a program of virtuoso violin sonatas of the late 17th century by Corelli, Lonati, and Walther, with cantatas with violins by Steffani and Alessandro Scarlatti, featuring acclaimed violin virtuoso Theresa Salomon and mezzo-soprano Tracy Cowart, with Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord, John Mark Rozendaal, cello, and director Richard Kolb, theorbo.
The Doctorow Center offers amazing performances all year-round from live music and music education programs, movie showings, live music, puppetry, theater, and more!