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La Fiocco presents “Songs of Love and Vengeance”


La Fiocco, the Bucks County-based baroque music ensemble, concludes its 2022-2023 season with “Songs of Love and Vengeance,” featuring guest artist soprano Laura Heimes.

Together with La Fiocco’s period string players, harpsichord and recorder, Heimes will sing arias of George Frideric Handel’s love-sick witch Melissa (from his 1715 opera “Amadigi di Gaula”) and of the faithful Licori of Antonio Vivaldi’s “La Fida Nina” of 1732. She also will sing of God’s love of humankind in G. Ph. Telemann’s sacred chamber cantata “Hemmet den Eifer, verbannet die Rache.”

Instrumental solos include concertos for two recorders by Telemann and Alessandro Scarlatti and a Sinfonia of the Swedish composer Johan Helmich Roman (1694-1758).

The musicians performing on period instruments are Claire Smith Bermingham, Nadir Aslam and young artist Maggie Faulkner, baroque violin, Mark Zaki, baroque viola, Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello, Benjamin Rechel, violone, Owen Davitt, recorder, Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord, and music director Lewis R. Baratz on harpsichord and recorder.

Performances of “Songs of Love and Vengeance” will take place at Christ Congregation, 50 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, and at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 4. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $10 for students, free for ages 12 and below. Tickets are available at the door with cash or check, or in advance at Masks are recommended.