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Arts center host evening of classical music

Members of Harmonia Baroque will perform classical chamber music on Saturday night in West

Originally published: Jan. 23, 2013
Last modified: Jan. 23, 2013

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The chamber ensemble, Harmonia Baroque, will perform at the Ashe Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

The ensemble includes Michael Bell on harpsichord and Appalachian State University School of Music faculty members Dr. Nancy E. Bargerstock on violin, Corinne Cassini on cello, Alicia Chapmen on haubois (oboe), Douglas James on theorbo, Eric Koontz on viola de gamba, Dr. Chung Park on viola and Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham on traverso (baroque flute). Mezzo soprano Priscilla Porterfield will join the ensemble for several vocal selections. Program includes Passacaglia by Muffat, Arias by Barbara Strozzi, Sonata de camera by Johann Janitsch and solo flute sonata by Telemann.

Baroque refers to the characteristics of the style of artistic expression occurring in the late 17th and 18th century. Baroque music was popular in Europe between 1600 and 1750.

In the early twentieth century, this style of music became popular again and today Baroque music of Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi is played and enjoyed by musicians and audiences alike.

“The Ashe County Arts Council is pleased to have Harmonia Baroque performing in the intimate atmosphere of the gallery in the Ashe Arts Center for a true chamber music experience,” Rebecca Herman of the ACAC said.

Admission is $12 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are available in advance or at the door. The concert is sponsored by the Ashe County Arts Council.

For more information, call (336) 846-2787.

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