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Dryden Ensemble celebrates 25 years with “A Baroque Tapestry”

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The Dryden Ensemble presents “A Baroque Tapestry,” a program of French, German and Italian Baroque music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Miller Chapel on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, N.J.

General admission tickets are $25 per concert, and student tickets are free with a valid ID. Tickets may be purchased at drydenensemble.org or at the door.

The concert features Baroque music for two oboes, bassoon, strings and harpsichord. Opening the program is Lully’s “Passacaille” from his opera “Armide,” followed by Telemann’s “Concerto alla francese for two oboes, bassoon and strings.”

Rosenmüller’s “Sonata XII for five strings” from 1682 and Bach’s “Harpsichord Concerto in D Major” (BWV 1054) with soloist Jake Street conclude the first half.

Bohemian-Austrian violin virtuoso Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s “Serenada a cinque for strings” opens the second half. Based on the “Song of the Nightwatchman,” one movement includes the tune in a part for bass voice.

Albinoni’s “Sinfonia in G Major” will be performed in an arrangement for two oboes, bassoon, and strings. The program closes with Georg Muffat’s “Sonata V in G Major,” which ends with a kaleidoscopic passacaille.

The Dryden Ensemble includes Jane McKinley and Julie Brye, oboes; Anna Marsh, bassoon; Vita Wallace and Dongmyung Ahn, violins; Andrea Andros, viola; Lisa Terry, viola da gamba and cello; Anne Trout, double bass; and Jake Street, harpsichord, all performing on period instruments.

The Dryden Ensemble’s season continues on Feb. 16, when lutenist Daniel Swenberg will perform a free concert, “Three Centuries of Lutes.” Capping off the ensemble’s 25th anniversary is an intimate production of Bach’s “St. John Passion” March 13 to 15.


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