Sunday, February 13, 2022, 4 p.m.
Corpus Christi Church
Eleven-member baroque orchestra
Ad Astra: To the Stars
ACRONYM, the baroque big band, promises a joyful, virtuosic performance of music composed after the Thirty Years War, which ended in 1648. Suffering through decades of death and cultural stagnation that afflicted the whole of Central Europe, musicians gratefully began working again. Ad Astra features exuberant compositions by Valentini, Bertali, Schmelzer, Biber, Rosenmuller, and others, that reflect the renewed energy and a spirit of experimentation following the Peace of Westphalia.
“The program was a mélange of inventive 17th-century works employing novel techniques. ACRONYM’s consistently fine intonation and exceptional ensemble were nothing short of amazing all evening.”—Cleveland Classical
This concert is sponsored, in part, by Roger and Whitney Bagnall.
The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, February 20, 4 p.m. ET, followed by a live Q&A, and remains viewable until March 6.
Artist Bios and Program
The baroque band ACRONYM, formed in 2012, is an “outstanding young early-music string ensemble” (New Yorker) dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wildest instrumental music of the seventeenth century. Playing with “consummate style, grace, and unity of spirit” (New York Times), the group has released ten critically acclaimed CDs since 2014. Recent projects include the first modern performances and recordings of works by Biber, Rosenmüller, Capricornus, and more. The band’s most recent album, Cantica Obsoleta (2020), features the modern premiere recordings of nearly lost works from Sweden’s Düben Collection. The Boston Globe raves, “this musical time-capsule offers enough resplendence to transport anyone.”
Recent and upcoming engagements for ACRONYM include the Boston Early Music Festival, Festival Oude Muziek Utrecht (Netherlands), Music Before 1800 (New York City), Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series, Hamilton College Performing Arts Series (Clinton, NY), Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival (OH), Lincoln Friends of Chamber Music (NE), Early Music Now (WI), Arizona Early Music Society, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Toledo Museum of Art, Renaissance & Baroque (Pittsburgh), Chamber Music Wilmington (NC), Electric Earth Concerts (Peterborough, NH), and Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City. ACRONYM has held academic residencies at Youngstown State University and Vassar College. The group’s musicians also perform with Tafelmusik, Les Arts Florissants, Apollo’s Fire, Handel + Haydn Society, Chicago Lyric Opera, International Contemporary Ensemble, and the English Concert.
Anna Lysack, Summerell Arts