July 03--Held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Barnstable, the first-ever Cape Cod Early Music Festival will offer a group of ensembles providing listeners with the types of music heard in the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Scores written by early music greats such as Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart will be performed in eight programs by five different solo musicians or groups: Rebel Baroque, Cappella Clausura, Jolle Greenleaf and Hank Heijink, New York Bach Artists and Douglas Keilitz, who is also director of music ministries at the church.
Running Tuesday through July 19, the festival spreads performances over a number of days to potentially make the music available to more people. Keilitz says that he selected the musicians through previous contacts in the early music scene.
"Before I moved to Cape Cod, I was a musician in New York City and I was very active in the early music scene," he says.
When Keilitz moved to the Cape about a year ago, he noticed a lack of early music, a genre stemming from the years 500-1800 that he describes as "the whole development of Western music as we know it."
As a musician and new Cape resident, it became Keilitz's goal to introduce people to the type of music to which he's devoted much of his life. The product of this mission became the Cape Cod Early Music Festival.
For this first year, Keilitz says, "we just wanted to keep this really small and test the waters."
The festival begins at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday with the group Rebel Baroque playing the music of J.S. Bach, Vivaldi and Geminiani on the cello and harpsichord. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a "Bach's Lunch" for $10, then a wine reception following the 4:15 p.m. performance of the Black Marble Duo, which will play music by Telemann, Leclair, Barbella and Mozart on violins.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, the Rebel Ensemble for Baroque Music will perform tunes by Vivaldi, Telemann, Corelli, Leclair, Goldberg and Boyce on violins, cello and harpsichord.
The festival continues at 7 p.m.July 12, when musicians Jolle Greenleaf and Hank Heijink will present vocal performances of work by Alonso Mudarra, John Dowland, Henry Purcell and Bach. At 4 p.m.July 13, Cappella Clasura will present "sensuous love songs by Renaissance teenager Vittoria Aleotti and madrigals by the young John Dowland and Italy's very bad boy, Carlo Gesualdo."
At 7 p.m.July 15, New York Bach Artists will play selections from the "Musikalisches Opfer" ("The Musical Offering"), along with sonatas, trios, and solo works by Johann Sebastian Bach. The performance will feature violin, cello, flute and harpsichord.
Finally, at 7 p.m.July 19, Keilitz himself will play the work of Nicolaus Bruhns, Georg BÖhm, Dietrich Buxtehude and Johann Sebastian Bach on the organ.
One of his aims in creating the festival, Keilitz says, was to keep it as intimate as possible with the St. Mary's setting so festival-goers can truly experience the music offered."If people have not ever experienced performances of early music, it's something they should try."
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