The Atlanta Baroque Orchestra turns Sweet Sixteen and celebrates its anniversary with a new-year nod to the Roman deity Janus, whose two faces looked both forward and backwards in time. The ensemble will draw from its first year with repertoire by Handel, Vivaldi, Telemann, and a work entitled “Propitia Sydera” (“lucky stars”) by Baroque writer and composer Georg Muffat. Looking to the future, the group will by present the premiere performance of a new work composed for the occasion, “Jubel!,” by Martha Bishop, who performed with the ABO during its first season.
Artistic Director Julie Andrijeski will lead the ensemble in the performances on Saturday, Jan. 11 in Atlanta (7:30 p.m. at Peachtree Christian Church) and Sunday, Jan. 12 in Roswell (4:00 p.m. at Roswell Presbyterian Church).
The performances continue the 2013-14 season theme of “Playing with Others: a Year of Collaborations.” For this concert set, the collaborators are long-time members of the ABO from “Greater Atlanta” who gather regularly from Atlanta and “suburbs” as distant as Indianapolis, IN, Chapel Hill, NC, Tallahassee, FL, and Nashville, TN.
“It’s exciting that this Sweet Sixteen anniversary concert will feature many musicians who have been performing with the ABO since its first performances in 1998,” exclaimed Artistic Director Julie Andrijeski. “And it will be fun to re-introduce music from that inaugural year, as well as to introduce a new work by Martha Bishop for the occasion. As a performer and friend to our individual musicians, Martha will be able to write a celebratory testament to the orchestra. During our sixteen years, our musicians have developed strong artistic bonds that keep them returning year after year, in many cases from long distances, for the pleasure of collaborating to bring alive great repertoire for the music lovers of Atlanta.”
George Friedric Handel: Concerto Grosso in D Minor, Op. 3, No. 5, HWV 316
Georg Philipp Telemann: Suite in D Major for viola da gamba and strings, TWV 55:D6,
Brent Wissick, soloist
Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto in C for two flutes and orchestra, RV 533
Georg Muffat: Concerto 12, “Propitia Sydera” (“lucky stars”)
A new work by Martha Bishop for the ABO: “Jubel!”
TICKETS: Advance tickets on sale at http://atlantabaroque.org
NOTE: Entrance to the Saturday, Jan. 11 concert at Peachtree Christian Church will be by suggest donation; a donation or ticket are not required.