Publick Musick, an ensemble that explores the early development of music for the violin family, is scheduled to perform in a pop-up concert in the village of Wyoming.
The concert, called “Sonatas and such,” is scheduled for 6;30 p.m. on the lawn of the Church on the Green, 1 North Academy St. The concert will move inside if there is rain.
Pop-up events such as concerts combine the unexpected with the expected. While the performance has been planned, it’s timing is kept under wraps until the day of the event so that is appears serendipitous – yet the performers have planned for it as seriously as they would a concert.
Publick Musick has organized a series of pop-up concerts for the Greater Rochester area that began this summer and continue into fall. Tonight’s concert is in partnership with the Arts Council for Wyoming County.
The short (about an hour) concerts feature chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Tonight’s concert is inspired by the practice in the 1600s of publishing collections of chamber music for “1, 2, 3, 4 ... instruments of various kinds.” The practice gives modern-day performers a rich and varied source of repertoire, most of which is rarely heard in concert. Within these collections, the musicians find some of the earliest published solo compositions, specifically for the violin, composed by violin virtuosi such as Biagio Marini, Giovanni Battista Fontana, and Marco Uccellini. The solo sonatas are complements by chamber works for two, three or more instruments and include sonatas, canzonas, arias and many common dances of the time.
Tonight’s concert program will include ensemble compositions of Girolamo Frescobaldi, Andrea Falconieri and Johann Rosenmuller.
Performers for tonight’s concert include Boel Gidholm, baroque violin and viola; Mary Riccardi, baroque violin; Molly Werts McDonald, baroque violin; Christopher Haritatos, baroque cello; and Naomi Gregory, harpsichord.
As the concerts are planned for outdoor settings, those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair. There will be a few chairs available for those who are not able to bring their own.
Admission is free, though there is a suggested donation of $20.
Publick Musick’s 2021 pop-up concerts are supported in part by a generous grant from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts and other donors.