Sunday, January 15, 2023, 4 p.m. Corpus Christi Church
Sunday, January 22, 2023, 4 p.m. Online
Rachell Ellen Wong, director and violin
David Belkovski, director and harpsichord
Jessica Niles, soprano; Xenia Puskarz Thomas, mezzo-soprano
Carmen Lavada Johnson-Pájaro, violin
Andrew Gonzalez, viola
Coleman Itzkoff, cello
Joshua Stauffer, theorbo and guitar
Aminta e Fillide
Twelfth Night, the refreshingly new ensemble of young stars directed by violinist Rachell Ellen Wong and harpsichordist David Belkovski, offers a scintillating program featuring Handel’s Aminta e Fillide, a pastoral cantata. Singers Jessica Niles and Xenia Puskarz Thomas, the cantata’s nymph and shepherd, pursue each other through a mythological Greek landscape in arias both virtuosic and poignant. To round out a captivating program, the group performs Vivaldi’s electric sinfonia from his opera, Il Giustino.
“Jessica Niles, a soprano of startling power, a force of beauty and expressiveness—even sensuality—that stopped the show.” —Parterre Box
“The singing and acting of Xenia Puskarz Thomas as the page-boy Cherubino stole the show.” —Australian Stage
The virtual program becomes available on Sunday, January 22, 4 p.m. ET and remains viewable until February 5.
Artist Bios and Program
Based in New York City, Twelfth Night is an ensemble of historical performance specialists led by David Belkovski and Rachell Ellen Wong with the firm belief that art is best explored as a meeting place of the past, present, and future. Inspired by Shakespeare’s play of the same name, the ensemble strives to invoke a spirit of boundless revelry, celebration, and community in their programming. The two cofounders are regarded as key young representatives of early music. In the 2022-2023 season, Twelfth Night will be hosted in concert series across the country, including Arizona Early Music, Chatham Baroque, Music Before 1800, and Reno’s Apex Concerts. Twelfth Night’s upcoming video release with renowned French soprano Julie Roset explores secular and sacred 17th-century Italian songs. Further collaborations include recordings with Australian baritone Morgan Pearse and mezzo-soprano Xenia Puskarz Thomas.
Preferred Center: $55/$50
Premium Balcony and Sides: $40/$35
Partial View: $15/$10
Blocked View: $10/$5
Virtual Concert: $15
Regular Subscription: $176-$336
Partial Subscriptions: $96-$264
Virtual Subscription: $80
We offer $5 student tickets to all in-person and virtual concerts.