August 20, 2008

Case Western Reserve University's music department announces 2008-09 Early Music Concerts at Harkness Chapel

The 23rd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside opens September 16

The Case Western Reserve University department of music announces the 23rd season of Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness, which opens Tuesday, September 16. The series presents three concerts by artists of international renown, bringing to life the music of earlier ages in an accessible and entertaining manner.

The 2008—09 Season

The concert season opens with a program of "High Baroque Art: Celebrated Works for One and Two Trumpets and Organ," by baroque trumpet virtuosos Niklas Eklund and Nathaniel Mayfield and accompanied on organ by Case Western Reserve music professor Peter Bennett.

On February 2, 2009, CC&C will present The Rose Ensemble, in the program, "Cantigas from the Land of Three Faiths: A Celebration of Ancient Mediterranean Vocal Music." The concert features medieval works from the Jewish, Muslim and Christian traditions, sung by this choral ensemble from St. Paul, Minn.

In the final performance, March 28, 2009, Quicksilver will make its Cleveland debut and celebrate the 250th anniversary of Handel's death with "The Harmony of Nations: Handel and the Musical Languages of Europe." The performers include tenor Aaron Sheehan (Case Kulas Visiting Artist), baroque violinists Julie Andrijeski (Case Western Reserve music department lecturer) and Robert Mealy, baroque cellist/violist da gamba Craig Trompeter (CIM alum), and harpsichordist Barbara Weiss.

Ticket Information

All concerts start at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Road, on the Case Western Reserve campus. Each performance is followed by an informal Q-A session with the artists, offering the audience a chance to get better acquainted with the artists and repertoire. The ensembles' residencies also include educational programs for students in the Case Western Reserve/Cleveland Institute of Music Joint Music Program and for students at the Cleveland School of the Arts.

Tickets are $27 for the general public; $23 for seniors (65 and older) and members of early music societies; free for Case/CIM/CSA students; $5 for orchestra, band, and choral students (K—12); $10 for other students (full-time). Group discounts are also available. Tickets can be purchased through the music department or at the door. Harkness Chapel is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, call 216.368.2402, e-mail, or go online.

Chapel, Court & Countryside: Early Music at Harkness

Details of the 2008-09 Season

All engagements also feature Master Classes for students from Case Western Reserve, the Cleveland Institute of Music, and the Cleveland School of the Arts (times tba).

Tuesday, September 16, 2008, at 7:30 p.m.

Niklas Eklund (Sweden) and Nathaniel Mayfield (Texas), baroque trumpets— in their Cleveland debut —with Peter Bennett (Case Western Reserve) on organ

"High Art Baroque: Celebrated Works for One & Two Trumpets & Organ" Two masters of the baroque trumpet—Niklas Eklund and Nathaniel Mayfield— offer their virtuosity in the service of the brilliant and lyrical sonatas written for that expressive and most challenging instrument. You'll forget about the difficulty of the playing and, instead, be swept up in the timeless beauty of the melodies and harmonies, in works by Franceschini, Vivaldi, Rittler, and Leopold Mozart. These prize-winning artists have concertized around the globe, so don't miss their Cleveland debut!

"[Eklund's] virtuoso skills, consistently sweet tone, purity of intonation, and sense of ease rank him as the world's best."—American Record Guide

"[Mayfield is] extremely gifted. I can see that the trumpet is in good hands." —Wynton Marsalis

Monday, February 2, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

The Rose Ensemble (St. Paul) —return engagement, by popular demand

"Cantigas from the Land of Three Faiths: A Celebration of Ancient Mediterranean Vocal Music" Centuries of dedication and folklore in the chapels, synagogues, and courts of early Italy, Spain and Portugal produced music with rhythms that reverberated across the Mediterranean. In this program spanning four centuries, the Rose Ensemble presents a diverse collection of Arab-Andalusian dances, Sephardic laments, Spanish villancicos, Hebrew chants, and Galician spiritual cantigas. It's a fascinating exploration of language, culture, and faith from a time that is not so different from our own.

"Though most in the audience did not recognize the names on the program [...], few people will forget the Rose Ensemble's gripping and emotional interpretations of the music."— Goldberg magazine.

Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

Quicksilver (Transcontinental USA) — Cleveland debut

"The Harmony of Nations: Handel and the Musical Languages of Europe" In honor of the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handel's death (1759), Quicksilver offers music by the cosmopolitan man himself, as well as his colleagues Buxtehude, Mattheson, Corelli and Graupner. The sonatas and arias in the program form a Grand Tour of Handel's Europe, as seen through the course of his own career. Favorite baroque violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski (Case Music Lecturer) are joined by tenor Aaron Sheehan (Kulas Visiting Artist), Craig Trompeter, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord.

  • Aaron Sheehan: "sinuous and supple" — Opera News
  • Robert Mealy: "imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring" —The Boston Globe
  • Julie Andrijeski: "invigorating verve and imagination"—Washington Post

For more information: 216.368.2402; e—mail:; Web site.

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

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