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MEDIA ALERT: Chamber ensemble Quicksilver returns to the BEMF concert stage on Saturday, January 26 at First Church in Cambridge, Congregational

ARTIST: Quicksilver (United States)
Robert Mealy & Julie Andrijeski, directors and violins
WHEN: Saturday, January 26, 2013 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational
11 Garden Street, Cambridge
PROGRAM:  Fantasticus: The Extravagant and Virtuosic Chamber Music of 17th-century Germany

Matthias Weckmann: Sonata No. 9 a 4
Antonio Bertali: Sonata a 4 in D minor from the Ludwig Partiturbuch
Johann Schmelzer: Polnische Sackpfeiffen from the Rost MS
Massimiliano Neri: Sonata quinta à 4 from Sonate, opera seconda
Dieterich Buxtehude: Sonata in G major
Johannes Vierdanck: Canzon in G major, No. 21 from Ander Theil geistlicher Concerten
Johann Kaspar Kerll: Sonata a 2 from the Rost MS
Bertali: Sonata no.10 from Prothimia Suavissima, Book 2
Nicolaus Bruhns: Præludium in G major
Nicolaus à Kempis: Sinfonia No. 2, “Dolorosa” from Symphoniae
Anonymous: Ciaconna from Ludwig Partiturbuch
Weckmann: Sonata No. 2 a 4

TICKETS: Tickets priced at $19, $38, $49, and $66 each and can be purchased at WWW.BEMF.ORG and 617-661-1812; a $5 discount for students, seniors, and groups is offered by calling 617-661-1812. Subscription discounts of 10% are available with the purchase of three or more programs.

Quicksilver returns to the BEMF concert stage following their thrilling début at the June 2011 Boston Early Music Festival, lauded by Early Music America as “drop-dead gorgeous”. Quicksilver has rapidly established an extraordinary reputation with performances described as “enlightening” (The New York Times), “breathtaking” (Huffington Post), and “enchantingly engaged” (Vancouver Sun). Directed by two beloved members of the BEMF Orchestra, Concertmaster Robert Mealy and violinist Julie Andrijeski, this exceptional ensemble featuring six musicians, including violins, viola da gamba, dulcian, theorbo, organ, and harpsichord. Their program explores the stylus fantasticus, the dazzling genre of the 17th-century German avant-garde that places the genius of the composer and virtuosity of the musician above all else. The concert will feature vibrant masterworks born of extravagant imagination by such composers as Bertali, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, and Biber, all played with passionate intensity and stunning dexterity.

“The seventeenth century in Germany was a time of incredible upheaval. The chamber music of the time reflects this fraught, unpredictable cultural climate,” notes Quicksilver co-director Robert Mealy. “Inspired by the experimental works of Italian composers, the virtuosos working in Germany explored a new musical language: that of the sonata, an abstract form of wordless conversation in music, whose only organizing principle was to delight and astonish the listener. They described this style as the stylus fantasticus: according to one theorist, the “most unrestrained style,” in which composers are free to use whatever their imagination suggests.”

Quicksilver brings together some of America’s most prominent Baroque instrumentalists. Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, this ensemble explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Early Music America remarked that the members of Quicksilver are “all virtuoso soloists in their own right, and together their playing is drop-dead gorgeous.” The group was featured at the Boston Early Music Festival in 2011, in a concert praised by both the Boston Globe and the New York Times. Quicksilver has performed at venues as diverse as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Rensselaer’s Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, as well as on early music concert series across the country. The members of Quicksilver are all old friends, and have played together in some of America’s most distinguished early music ensembles, including The King’s Noyse, Musica Pacifica, Piffaro, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra: between them they have appeared on well over one hundred early music recordings. Their new CD, Stile Moderno, was described by Huffington Post as “Breakthrough of the Year...a breathtaking recital.”

One of America’s most prominent historical string players, Robert Mealy has been praised for his “imagination, taste, subtlety, and daring” (Boston Globe). He has recorded over eighty CDs on most major labels, ranging from Hildegard of Bingen with Sequentia, to Renaissance consorts with the Boston Camerata, to Rameau operas with Les Arts Florissants. A frequent soloist and leader in New York, he is concertmaster of Trinity Wall Street’s resident Baroque orchestra, and has led the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra in three Grammy-nominated recordings and many BEMF festival seasons. He has toured to Moscow with the Mark Morris Dance Group, and accompanied Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. Mr. Mealy was recently appointed Director of the distinguished Historical Performance program at The Juilliard School, and is also a professor of music at Yale University, where he directs the postgraduate Baroque program. In 2004 he received EMA’s Binkley Award for outstanding university teaching.

Lauded for her “invigorating verve and imagination” by the Washington Post, Julie Andrijeski is among the leading Baroque violinists and early music pedagogues in the U.S. In addition to many solo opportunities with various groups, she holds principal positions with diverse Baroque and Renaissance ensembles including Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire, NYS Baroque (concertmaster), the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra (Artistic Director), Cecilia’s Circle, and The King’s Noyse. Ms. Andrijeski’s unique playing style is greatly influenced by her knowledge and skilled performance of early dance. As a full-time Lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, Ms. Andrijeski directs the CWRU/CIM Baroque Orchestra, Baroque Chamber Ensembles, and Baroque Dance Ensemble throughout the school year. During the summer she teaches both violin and dance at summer festivals in Oberlin, Ohio (Baroque Performance Institute), Madison, Wisconsin (MEMF), and Vancouver, British Columbia (VEMF).

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, the Boston Early Music Festival offers diverse programs and activities, including three Grammy-nominated opera recordings, an annual concert series that brings early music’s brightest stars to the Boston and New York concert stages, and a biennial week-long Festival and Exhibition recognized as the “world’s leading festival of early music” (The Times, London). The 17th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 9–16, 2013, and will be highlighted by several performances of Almira, the first opera by the celebrated and prolific composer, George Frideric Handel (1685–1759), in its first fully staged and historically conceived production outside of Germany.

The 2012–2013 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, 99.5 All Classical, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation, U. S. Trust/Bank of America Private Wealth Management, and GTC Law Group.

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