The 2014 Family Concert:
“17th-Century Mash-Ups from the Heart of Europe”
Saturday, March 8, 4-5pm
First Congregational Church of Berkeley
2345 Channing Way, Berkeley CA 94704
Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
This concert is specially designed for children ages 4 through 11 and their parents, grandparents, and other caretakers. Violinist/leader Elizabeth Blumenstock and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will perform colorful, foot-stomping 17th century works, including ones that reflect musical traditions from a diverse array of nations. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer’s Balletto la Pastorella includes sections in English, French, German, Spanish, and Bavarian styles; Georg Philipp Telemann’s masterpiece Les Nations represented music of the Turks, the Swiss, the Muscovites, and the Portuguese. The performers will share the distinctive sound of their own authentic instruments, show how the instruments evolved, and provide lively commentary about the composers and their times. Projected visual aids will enrich the presentation. This concert program has been designed especially for families with children ages 4 through 11.
The presentation will feature vibrant concertos for both solo violin and for multiple instruments. The performers will provide engaging commentary about their original instruments, the all-star composers, and their time.
By popular demand, some of the Philharmonia Baroque “virtuosi” will remain in the sanctuary after the concert to share their instruments up close with the next generation of musicians and audience members.