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A Harmony of Friends


Adam Pearl

A Harmony of Friends

Music of Italy and China

October 2-4, 2009


By 1610, Italian musicians were well on their way to creating the adventurous new style we now call Baroque. Jesuit priest Matteo Ricci, author of  An Essay on Friendship , died that year after spending 20 years in China. In this season-opening concert, the Folger Consort and guest artists join in a speculative reconstruction of a musical evening Ricci and his Chinese friends may have enjoyed in Beijing. Our program includes Italian song and brilliant instrumental music by Francesca Caccini (the first woman to compose an opera), Sigismundo d’India, Biagio Marini, and others, along with music from China performed by guest virtuoso pipa (a short-necked Chinese lute) player Yang Wei.


Folger Consort

Robert Eisenstein--viola, viola da gamba

Christopher Kendall--theorbo


Guest Artists

Risa Browder--violin

Joelle Greenleaf--soprano

Elizabeth Hungerford--soprano

Adam Pearl--harpsichord, organ

Yang Wei--pipa


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