Robin Gilbert and Carlos Fittante in "Tigerlily and the Dragonfly". Photo: Julie Lemberger

The French Baroque Style and the German Court Featuring Suite en La Mineur by Robert Visee and La Lyre Enchantée by Ludwig Hesse

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Thursday, December 21, 1:15-2 p.m. 
Saint Bartholomew’s Church, 50th Street and Park Avenue, New York, NY

The French Baroque Style and the German Court presented through GEMS’ Midtown Concert Series features selections from Robert de Visée’s guitar Suite en La Mineur and La Lyre Enchantée, a playful opera-ballet by Jean-Philippe Rameau arranged for two bass viols by 18th century viola da gamba virtuoso Ludwig Hesse.

Musicians of BALAM: Lisa Terry and Beverly Au-viols, Adam Cockerham-Baroque guitar
Choreography and dancer: Carlos Fittante
Actor: Inma Heredia
Plot synopsis: Cynthia Ahart Wood, reworked by Carols Fittante and Inma Heredia


Suite en La Mineur from Livre de Guitarre, Dédie au Roi (1682) by Robert de Viseé:

I. Prélude
II. Courante
III. Sarabande
IV. Gigue
V. Passacaille
La Lyre Enchantée:
Prélude. Gracieux (Charmes de mon vainqueur)
Ariette. Sans vitesse (Chantez la faveur éclatante)
Ariette et Choeur des Satyres et des Faunes. Gai (Venez tous écouter ma lyre)
Ariette. Con spirito (Dieu cruel)
Air en Rondeau. Sans Lenteur (La sagesse est de bien aimer)
Mouvement de Chaconne. Poco Lento. Allegro
Ariette. Gai (Vole Amour)

Music Program Note:

Ludwig Christian Hesse (1716-1772) was a famous viola da gamba virtuoso in the 18th-c. Berlin court. Hesse was keen on transcribing French operas, but did not exclude composers from Italy or his native Germany (such as J.C. Bach and Graun). The predilection for French opera might be viewed as a way for the German court to keep up with what was a la mode in Paris at the time. Hesse's transcriptions are remarkable in many ways, including his ingenious manner of adapting music originally for a large orchestra with choir to the bare minimum of two viols.

Photo: Mike Morris

The essence of the opera is preserved and miraculously falls naturally under the fingers, as if Rameau had conceived it as a viol duo in the first place! --Paris, March 2010 Jonathan Dunford

Lisa Terry is a member of Parthenia and the Dryden Ensemble, and is principal cellist and viol soloist with Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia). She has performed with the New York Philharmonic, New York City Opera, Juilliard Opera Orchestra, Opera Lafayette, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and Concert Royal. Lisa serves the Viola da Gamba Society of America as President.

In addition to her extensive work with the viol consort Parthenia, Beverly Au has performed with many notable early music ensembles and series, including Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, NY's Ensemble for Early Music, Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, and The American Classical Orchestra. She has played on Broadway (The Tempest, starring Patrick Stewart), on television and in film (Al Pacino's Looking for Richard).

Early music artist Adam Cockerham specializes in theorbo, lute, and baroque guitar. He has performed with ensembles such as Trinity Baroque Orchestra, NOVUS NY, Philharmonia Chamber Players, New York Baroque Incorporated, El Mundo, and J415. He has been involved in modern world premiere performances of 17th-century operas with companies such as Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik (Le nozze in sogno), Ars Minerva (La Cleopatra, Le Amazzoni nelle isole fortunate), and world premiere performances of new operas with companies like the Prototype Festival (Pulitzer Prize-winning Angel’s Bone) and Opera Saratoga (A Long Walk). Partnering with acclaimed mezzo-soprano Danielle Sampson, he founded voice and guitar/lute duo Jarring Sounds, which released its first album in 2014.

Inma HerediaBALAM Dance Theatre’s resident actor, is a native of Seville, Spain and the world’s first and only Flamenco comedienne. Noted for her salero (special charm), she is a celebrated entertainer who performs as a master of ceremonies, actor, singer, dancer, and comedian. An award recipient from the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors and the Association of Critics in Entertainment, her one woman show, Divas de España (Spanish Divas), has been critically acclaimed. Other performing credits include:  Dulcinea in The Adventures of Don Quixote, the Theatre for the New City´s street theater summer tour and the host in the New York hit, Latinas Don't P.M.S, which premiered at the world-famous Apollo Theatre. She has been a guest performer at the United Nations, Central Park, and numerous Off-Broadway theatres and events for humanitarian causes.

Carlos Fittante, Artistic Director of BALAM Dance Theatre, specializes in Baroque, Balinese, and Spanish escuela bolera dances and works as a choreographer, dancer, and teacher.  Known for spirited, elegant choreography and performances,

Photo: Julie Lemberger

he has received praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, and Dance MagazineHe has performed throughout the United Stated and internationally with the Boston Early Music Festival, Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 2nd Encuentro de Baile Contemporáneo in Mexico, and the International Arts Festival in Bali. A teacher and movement coach, his customized choreographies serve diverse communities at the grass-roots level. A graduate of the School of American Ballet, he holds a Master of Fine Arts in Dance from the University of Wisconsin, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College: City University of New York.