SIREN Baroque at Rutgers University

Last night, Thursday April 16th, we performed a wonderful concert to a lovely audience at Rutgers University.  The concert was “Music Written By Women and for Women” – highlighting music by Baroque women composers as well as Vivaldi, who wrote for the girls of the The Ospedale della Pietà, a convent, orphanage and music school for girls.  (the boys were taught to make shoes and the girls were the music super stars!)  It was a true joy to be reunited with two of our SIRENS who have moved to other places; Liv Heym who now lives in France and Kelly Savage who calls San Francisco her home. We miss them desperately but are so grateful that we have these projects that bring them back to us!

We wanted to share the some photos from the night, the program of the concert and a photo tip from Britt how to take the rest of a huge sangria home! 🙂

PROGRAM:

Ladaumus Te

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Brittany Palmer, Brett Umlauf; Sopranos

Anneke Schaul-Yoder, Cello

Kelly Savage, Harpsichord

 

Le Passage de la Mer Rouge

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)

Solo cantata for soprano, violin and b.c.

Brittany Palmer, Soprano

Liv Heym, Violin

Trio Sonata B-flat Major

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Liv Heym, Antonia Nelson, Violins

 

Godere e tacere

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

Palmer, Umlauf, Savage, Schaul-Yoder

O invictissima Christi martir

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662)

Palmer, Umlauf, Savage , Schaul-Yoder 

In furore iustissimae irae

Aria from sacred cantata for solo soprano, strings and bc.,Rv 626,

Antonio Vivaldi

Brett Umlauf, soprano

Ladaumus Te

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Brittany Palmer, Brett Umlauf; Sopranos

Anneke Schaul-Yoder, Cello

Kelly Savage, Harpsichord

 

Le Passage de la Mer Rouge

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729)

Solo cantata for soprano, violin and b.c.

Brittany Palmer, Soprano

Liv Heym, Violin

Trio Sonata B-flat Major

Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre

Liv Heym, Antonia Nelson, Violins

 

Godere e tacere

Barbara Strozzi (1619-1677)

Palmer, Umlauf, Savage, Schaul-Yoder

O invictissima Christi martir

Lucrezia Orsina Vizzana (1590-1662)

Palmer, Umlauf, Savage , Schaul-Yoder 

In furore iustissimae irae

Aria from sacred cantata for solo soprano, strings and bc.,Rv 626,

Antonio Vivaldi

Brett Umlauf, soprano

Una fiamma rovente

Maria Francesca Nascinbeni (1640-1680)

Trio Sonata “La Follia” in D Minor, Op. 1 No. 12, Rv 63 

Antonio Vivaldi

Violin I: Liv Heym Violin II: Antonia Nelson

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SIRENS’ Captives: Fantasticus!

This week we have been in rehearsal for our 4th! Season concert opener: Fantasticus! SIRENS’ Captives series. We have “captured” three soloists: Christoph Huebner, Doug Balliett & Arnie Tanimoto. Here is the week thus far in photos.

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This has been a wonderful week thus far; meeting our soloists, making music and welcoming back SIRENS Kelly Savage from California! And Liv Heym from France. We may be spread out in the world, but we remain SIREN strong!

Our program for Saturday, October 25th is:

Laudate, pueri Dominum, BuxWV 69

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sopranos: Brittany Palmer & Brett Umlauf

Cello: Anneke Schaul-Yoder

Harpsichord: Kelly Savage

Sonata a 3. 2 Violini e Gamba

Nr. 75 aus dem Partiturbuch Ludwig, 1662

Antonio Bertali (1605 – 1669)

Violin I Antonia

Violin II Liv

Viola da Gamba: Arnie Tanimoto

Chiome d’oro, bel thesoro, SV 143

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 – 1643)

Aria di Passacaglia from “Cosi mi disprezzate”, F 7.16

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583 – 1643)

Soprano Brett Umlauf

Sonata IX a cinque from Sacro- profanes concentus musicus

Johann Henrich Schmeltzer (1623 – 1680)

Violin I Liv Heym

Violin II Antonia Nelson

Viola I: Christof Huebner

Viola II: Kristina Giles

Viola da Gamba: Doug Balliet

Herr, wenn ich nur Dich hab, BuxWV 38

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Soprano Brittany Palmer

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat Major, BWV 1051

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

I. (no tempo indication)

II. Adagio, ma non tanto

III. Allegro

Viola I Kristina Giles

Viola II Christof Huebner

Gamba I Doug Balliet

Gamba II Arnie Tanimoto

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Our Upstate Adventure

July 12-14 2013

Hello World! We are excited to share our first official blog post with you! It begins with our first official upstate New York concert & retreat!  The SIRENS on this trip were Kelly Savage (Harpsichord), Anneke Shaul-Yoder (cello), Emily Hale (Violin & Visiting home from London!), Antonia Nelson (violin), Brett Umlauf & Brittany Palmer (Sopranos).

Two of our Sirens, Anneke & Antonia have residences up in the beautiful Catskills Mountains and were delighted to bring our city girls up for a weekend in the country.

Nature did not disappoint: As soon as we arrived we discovered a young black bear had found his way to the orchard.  He was undoubtedly loving life – rolling around joyously under the fruit-laden trees… we watched as he meandered over the rocks to sit against a tree, scratching his back and and finally passing out in a fruit coma!

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After the exciting welcome – we got to work, putting finishing touches to our “SUMMER SONGS” program, however there was a set back… Anneke’s bow had broken! She tried all kinds of tricks: shoving paper between the frog and the hair, using tape. We called everyone we knew up here, you can imagine how hard it is to find a Baroque cello bow!  LUCKILY Kelly ‘s husband Sharad plays cello and has a baroque bow.  He truly saved the day by agreeing to bring it up the next morning, Thanks Sharad!!

Here are some rehearsal photos:

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After rehearsal, Alexander fired up the grill and we enjoyed local foods and wine in a beautiful wooded setting. (Did I mention he brought us fancy chocolate, wine and bread??)

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The next morning we woke up and headed over to the Olive Free Library in West Shokan, New York.  The library was packed and we had the best time performing for everyone (below is our program) the photos are courtesy  of the very talented Mr. Ted Ojarovsky.

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Program:
Corelli Trio Sonata Op. 4 No. 1 in C Maj.
Vivaldi “Zeffiretti che susurate”
Handel “Va speme infido”
Scarlatti “Su le sponde del tebro”
Vivaldi “La Folia”
Dowland “Have you seen but a white lily grow”
“Sumer is icumen in” (traditional English, ca. 1250)

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