Cosmopolitan Baroque: Ka-Wai Yu & Company
Performing with great virtuosity, passion and stylistic sensitivity on period instruments, Cosmopolitan Baroque will shine new lights on numerous Baroque masterworks of the 17th and 18th centuries written by composers J. S. Bach, François Couperin, Marin Marais, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and G. P. Telemann.
Tentative Program (subject to change):
François Couperin (1668-1733): Les Nations: Premier Ordre “La Françoise”
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) : Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1030
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620-1680): Sonata No. IX in A minor
Marin Marais (1656-1728): Sonnerie de Sainte-Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Georg Phillip Telemann (1681-1767): Quartet NO. 4 in B minor, TWV 43: h2 from Nouveau quatuors (“Paris” quartets)
Cosmopolitan Baroque was formed in 2017 and is Jennifer Grim on traverso, Gregory Maldonado on baroque violin, Ka-Wai Yu on viola da gamba, and Jonathan Rhodes Lee on harpsichord. Its four regular members live in the geographical confine of the Mojave desert, but they come from all over the world, stem from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and sought training at musical institutions on three continents. Their collective diversity inspired the group’s name, as did the fact that the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries were themselves ages that prided themselves on the cosmopolitanism of their musical cultures.
The baroque dance suite drew on popular music from around Europe for its inspiration. Composers like Bach and Telemann learned their art by blending north German influences with the latest musical trends from France and Italy. François Couperin dreamed of a perfect style that blended Italian virtuosity with French elegance, which he called the ‘goûts réunis’ (united tastes). Handel achieved the ultimate cosmopolitan status as a German composer who achieved immortality by writing Italiante music for audiences in his adopted England. Cosmopolitan Baroque hopes to continue this tradition of cosmopolitanism by blending its musicians’ various backgrounds and approaches, keeping this music of the past fresh in the twenty-first century.
The concert will begin at 7:30 pm, with a post-concert “meeting the performer” session at 9:30 pm.