June 13, 2015
A Catskills Debut
Featuring World-Renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper
Saturday, June 13, 2015
Doctorow Center for the Arts
7971 Main Street, Village of Hunter
The Catskill debut of the celebrated and exciting Berkshire Bach Ensemble, directed by the world-renowned harpsichordist Kenneth Cooper, features a program of Baroque and Classical favorites by the finest professional artists. Vivaldi’s classic, “The Seasons” is here given a new sparkle, with Dr Cooper’s humorous updated translations of the original sonnets, performed by the “brilliant” actor Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, and played – with lots of added ornamentation – by spectacular violinist Marjorie Bagley.In addition, Kenneth Cooper will play one of his favorite harpsichord concerti, Bach’s demonicConcerto No. 5 in F minor, with his own fiery cadenza in the finale. To open this festive event, the Berkshire Bach Ensemble will play the brilliant overture to Handel’s Samson, followed by the premiere of Montevertigo, a suite of Monteverdi’s marvelous and adventurous Scherzi musicali that Dr Cooper has newly devised, which features our two very high horn-players, Ann Ellsworth and Rachel Drehmann.
This performance is part of the Piano Performance Museum Concerts & Conversations series of the Catskill Mountain Foundation’s presenting season and is made possible with the generous support of the Jarvis and Constance Doctorow Family Foundation.