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MEDIA ALERT: Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss makes long-awaited BEMF recital début on Saturday, November 1, 2014

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ARTIST: Kenneth Weiss, harpsichord (United States)
WHEN: Saturday, November 1, 2014 at 8pm
First Church in Cambridge, Congregational, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge
PROGRAM:  Rameau: Opera and Ballet Transcriptions
Dardanus (transcription by K. Weiss)
     Ouverture • Air gracieux • Menuet tendre en rondeau • Rigaudons 1 & 2 •
     Prélude- Sommeil • Ritournelle vite •Tambourins 1 & 2 • Chaconne

Castor et Pollux (transcription by K. Weiss)
     Entrée d'Hébé et de sa suite • 1er Air pour Hébé et ses Suivantes •
     2e Air pour Hébé et ses Suivantes • Gavotte 1 & 2 • Passepied 1 & 2 - Air •
     Descente de Vénus et de Mars • Tambourin • Menuet 1 & 2 • Chaconne

Selections from the D major suite of the Pièces de Clavessin (1724)
     Les Soupirs • Les Tendres Plaintes • L'entretien des Muses
Les Indes galantes
     Musette en Rondeau • Air Polonois • Gavotte • 1er Air des Fleurs •
     Air tendre pour la Rose • Gavotte pour les Fleurs • Air pour Borée et la Rose •
     Air pour Zéphire • Air vite pour Zéphire et la Rose • Chaconne
TICKETS: Tickets are 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 on the 2014–2015 Concert Season.

Native New Yorker and alumnus of the “famed” High School for the Performing Arts, keyboardist Kenneth Weiss has been heralded as “a musician at the zenith of his art” (Diapason) for performances of engaging virtuosity. He makes his long-awaited BEMF recital début in a program of dances and operatic music by Jean-Philippe Rameau transcribed for solo harpsichord. A long-time collaborator with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants, Weiss infuses these energetic masterpieces with an exhilarating theatricality.

"I saw at first hand how it is possible to translate the sound of a rich orchestral score into a satisfying experience for harpsichord alone," Weiss writes in his notes on the program. "With the constant rehearsal needed for staging a work, the repetiteur's principal role is to serve as a substitute for the orchestra, often playing from the full score and thus having a sense of the instrumentation constantly in mind. This is transcription in its most vital form and the repetiteur will adapt his or her style spontaneously."

Harpsichordist Kenneth Weiss was born in New York City where he attended the High School for the Performing Arts before continuing his studies at Oberlin Conservatory and the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. From 1990 to 1993 he was Musical Assistant to William Christie and Les Arts Florissants for numerous opera productions and recordings. He later conducted Les Arts Florissants in Doux Mensonges by the chreographer Jiri Kylian at the Paris Opera, and was co-director with William Christie of the first three editions of Les Arts Florissants’ “Jardin de Voix” program. Mr. Weiss focuses on recitals, chamber music, teaching and conducting. His most recent recitals included performances in Nuremburg, Montpellier, Barcelona, Dijon, Geneva, Antwerp, the Cite de la musique (Paris), Madrid, La Roque d'Anthéron, Santander, Lisbon, San Sebastian, Innsbruck, Santiago de Compostela, La Chaise-Dieu, La Chaud de Fonds, Bruges and New York. He performs in recital with the violinists Fabio Biondi, Daniel Hope, Monica Huggett and Lina Tur Bonet. Mr. Weiss has released a series of highly acclaimed solo harpsichord recordings on Satirino records since 2001. Kenneth Weiss has held teaching positions at the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo, the Barcelona Conservatory, and at The Juilliard School in New York. He currently teaches at the Paris Conservatory.

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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 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 18th Boston Early Music Festival will take place from June 7–14, 2015, and will be highlighted by Claudio Monteverdi’s trilogy of operas: Orfeo, Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, and L'Incoronazione di Poppea. BEMF’s Artistic Leadership includes Artistic Directors Paul O’Dette and Stephen Stubbs, Opera Director Gilbert Blin, and Orchestra Director Robert Mealy.

The 2014–2015 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.

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