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MEDIA ALERT: BEMF presents Solamente Naturali in a vibrant program of music at the intersection of rustic and Baroque traditions

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ARTIST: Solamente Naturali
Miloš Valent, artistic leader

Miloš Valent, violin, viola & voice; Jan Rokyta, cimbalom, recorders, duduk, clarinet & voice; Dagmar Valentová, violin & voice; Peter Vrbinčík, viola & voice; Juraj Kováč, violoncello & voice; Ján Krigovsky, double bass; Soma Dinyés, harpsichord, daf, gong & triangle
WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 7:30pm
Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

Friday, October 16, 2015 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
PROGRAM:  Musica Globus
Telemann: Polish dances from the Rostock manuscript
Selections from the Anna Szirmay-Keczer collection of dances, 1730
Saltus Hungaricus from the “Saltus Hungarici” collection, 18th-century
Verbung per il Violino, No. 32, 33 from the Pestini collection, 18th-century
Anonymous: Unrischr for harpsichord
Telemann: Les Moscovites; L’Esperance de Mississipi
A new Hornpipe from The Division Violin, 1694
Matteis: Scotch humour
Selections from the Uhorovec collection, 1730
Anonymous: Aria Hannaco
Hirschmentzel: Moravica, Alia illepida, from Orpheus pro rusticus
Telemann: Les Janissaires
Anonymous: En Kitzvo
Telemann: Les Turcs
TICKETS: Tickets are priced at $20, $39, $51, and $70 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 are available with the purchase of three or more programs on the 2015–2016 Season.

Tickets for the New York City performance are priced at $35 for Morgan members and $45 for non-members and can be purchased at and 212-685-0008, ext. 560.

In 1704 while in the service of a Polish Count, a 26 year old Georg Philipp Telemann was captivated by the folk musicians he met during his excursions “below the castle”. He would write in his autobiography that “one evening with those fiddlers gave me enough inspiration for the rest of my life. If you know how to take advantage of this music, there is so much good in it!” The energetic and dynamic players of Solamente Naturali explore both the songs and dances that Telemann was inspired to compose and the rustic tunes that captured his imagination.

A favorite of audiences and critics alike for their appearances at our biennial Festivals, Solemente Naturali make their début on BEMF’s Boston and New York City concert series in this program. Under the leadership of world-renowned violinist Miloš Valent, this ensemble melds classical and folk traditions like no other, in performances bursting with rhythmic virtuosity and vibrant enthusiasm. Join in the toe-tapping fun with pieces by Telemann based on Middle European melodies, traditional Polish and Slovak dances arranged by Miloš Valent, and more.

The early music chamber ensemble Solamente Naturali was founded in 1995 by its artistic leader and concertmaster Miloš Valent as a creative and flexible combination of musicians dedicated to the presentation of the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The name of the ensemble, which translates as “Simply Natural,” is synonymous with Valent’s artistic credo and expresses the essential fundamentals in reviving ancient scores: spontaneity and naturalness, often with elements of rustic roughness. Dynamic and vibrant in character, Solamente Naturali performs in variable formations depending on the repertoire and given occasion. The rich choice of musical repertoire, often unknown, enables them to choose to perform trios as well as baroque oratorios with a full orchestra and a choir. The originality of this group is conveyed through a distinctive approach to the interpretation of the 17th and 18th century music. To create a similar atmosphere Solamente Naturali uses period instruments, finds inspiration in historical documents and is united through passion, creativity and professionalism. The ensemble has appeared all over Europe, Canada and the United States and on prestigious festivals, and has recorded 18 CDs.

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Recognized as the preeminent early music presenter and Baroque opera producer in North America, the Boston Early Music Festival (BEMF) has been credited with securing Boston’s reputation as “America’s early music capital” (The Boston Globe). Founded in 1981, BEMF offers diverse programs and activities, including one GRAMMY Award-winning and three GRAMMY Award-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 19th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 11–18, 2017, and will feature fully staged performances of André Campra’s Le Carnaval de Venise as the Centerpiece Opera. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

The 2015–2016 Boston Early Music Festival Concert Series is presented with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, National Endowment for the Arts, ConstellationCenter, WGBH Radio Boston, Harpsichord Clearing House, Zuckermann Harpsichords International, and The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation.

The Morgan Library & Museum began as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan, one of the preeminent collectors and cultural benefactors in the United States. Today, more than a century after its founding, The Morgan serves as a museum, independent research library, musical venue, architectural landmark, and historic site. Located at Madison Avenue and 36th Street, with a world-renowned collection that ranges from Rembrandt to Picasso, Mozart to Bob Dylan, Dickens to Hemingway, and Gutenberg Bibles to Babar the elephant, The Morgan Library & Museum maintains a unique position among cultural institutions in New York, the nation, and the world. Gilder Lehrman Hall, designed by renowned architect Renzo Piano, was opened by the Morgan in May 2006, and seats 264 people, providing a uniquely intimate concert venue. This marks the Boston Early Music Festival’s 10th season of concerts at The Morgan Library & Museum.

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