Sunday, October 6, 2019, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church

Four singers and baroque chamber orchestra

Cantica Nova: Discoveries from Uppsala’s Düben Manuscripts 

In 1732, Gustaf Düben, the last of his family to serve as hovkapellmästare at the Swedish Court, gave his collection to Uppsala University. This trove contains 1,800 works by famous and obscure composers. ACRONYM, ever dedicated to finding repertory on the wild side, performs sonatas and cantatas by Capricornus, Schmelzer, Carissimi, and others. Founded in 2010, the ensemble delights with its vivacious, heartfelt style.

Post-concert Q and A

“The playing Sunday stood out for its gusto and vitality. There was an utter lack of mannerism or curatorial preciousness…. ACRONYM took to all the music with verve, playing with excellent communication and unanimity.” —New York Classical Review

This concert is part of the New York Early Music Celebration 2019 Early Music Foundation Service Project.

Artist Bios and Program

Baroque band ACRONYM, an “outstanding young early-music string ensemble” (New Yorker), gives modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the 17th century. Playing with “consummate style, grace, and unity of spirit” (New York Times), the group formed in 2012 and has released eight critically acclaimed CDs since 2014. Recent projects include the first modern performances and recordings of works by Biber and Rosenmüller, and Samuel Capricornus’s epic cantata cycle Jubilus Bernhardi with the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity. Forthcoming albums include the the first CD of Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s oratorio Le Memorie Dolorose with TENET Vocal Artists. Engagements include Boston Early Music Festival, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Washington National Cathedral, Hamilton College Performing Arts Series (Clinton, NY), Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Toledo Museum of Art, Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), Academy of Early Music (Ann Arbor), Chamber Music Wilmington (NC), Electric Earth Concerts (Peterborough, NH), Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center’s Close Encounters with Music (Great Barrington, MA), and Five Boroughs Music Festival (NYC). In the 2018-19 season, ACRONYM held residencies at Youngstown State University and Vassar College. ACRONYM’s musicians can be heard in Apollo’s Fire, Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants, Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Lyric Opera, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the English Concert.

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