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Lenape Chamber Ensemble’s annual Baroque Fest to feature top musicians


Music of the 17th century comes to life Nov. 10 and 12, as Lenape Chamber Ensemble holds its annual Baroque Fest in Doylestown and Upper Black Eddy.

The Friday concert at 8:15 p.m. is at the historic Upper Tinicum Lutheran Church in Upper Black Eddy; the concert is repeated on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Delaware Valley University’s Life Sciences Auditorium, located at State Street and New Britain Road in Doylestown.

Bucks County audiences will recognize many of Lenape’s distinguished musicians who perform at their regular concerts. This concert includes guest appearances by violinist Anna Elashvili, who has served as concertmaster and soloist at concerts worldwide; and flutist Anthony Trionfo who has won praise by his appearances at recitals and festivals throughout the United States and abroad.

Opening the program is the “Caprice, Op. 7” for two violins and “Continuo,” composed by Jacques-Christophe Naudot. Along with harpsichordist Lionel Party, performers are violinists Anna Elashvili, and Cyrus Beroukhim, concertmaster of the American Symphony and associate principal viola with the New York City Ballet.

Trionfo is featured in “Concerts en Sextuor” written in 1768 by Jean-Philippe Rameau. It is a transcription of the composer’s only chamber music work, which was originally published in 1741. Selections from the five “Concerts” will be performed by the entire ensemble of flute, violins, viola, cello, bass and harpsichord.

The “Sonata Op. 1 No. 3 for Flute and Continuo” was written by Jean-Daniel Braun, a relatively little-known composer. Trionfo, Alberto Parrini, cello, and Party perform this inventive and technically demanding selection.

No baroque concert could be complete without Bach, and his “Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 for Flute, Violin, Harpsichord and Strings.” The famous harpsichord solo is played by Party who for many years as harpsichordist with the New York Philharmonic, performed the “Brandenburg No. 5” with its solo at Lincoln Center.

At the intermission, members of the audience may enjoy refreshments and meet and chat with the musicians. Tickets at $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students are available at the door or by calling 610-294-9361.

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