The English Concert in America

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Extraordinary young and accomplished artists of The English Concert in America gathered to create the “Fete Musicale Baroque” at the New York Historical Society. The concert took place in the auditorium, with dinner afterward beneath the rescued and restored Picasso Tapestry that once hung in the walkway at the Four Seasons Restaurant (Courtesy of the Landmarks Conservancy).

Maestro Harry Bicket brought together experts and talented young hopefuls to play Baroque music on instruments ranging from the harpsichord to the theorbo. Selections by Corelli, Handel, Bach and Monteverdi (theorbo and harpsichord) were thrilling in such an acoustically proficient room. Several vocal selections were artfully accomplished by counter tenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Erin Morley and mezzo Isabel Leonard.

Sir Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall, is the Honorary Patron of this organization. And for a good reason, inasmuch as he was Musical Director, etc., of the London Symphony Orchestra for years before coming to Carnegie Hall.

This is an elusive group that performs sporadically in the United States (London, of course; Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Shanghai, etc.,), but its dedication to the American Fellows is passionate, and we had the best of their work the other night.

Barbara Tober

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