Aston Magna Series Features Works by Schumann, Bach, Handel, Others

flutist Andrea LeBlanc (courtesy artist)

(GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass.) – The Aston Magna Music Festival celebrates its 49th season with a return to live, in-person concerts featuring works by Bach, Schumann, Handel, and others, with weekly performances at St. James Place in Great Barrington, Mass., and Hudson Hall in Hudson, N.Y., through July 23.

Performing on period instruments, Aston Magna performs Thursday concerts at Slosberg Music Center at Brandeis University and Fridays at and Hudson Hall in Hudson, N.Y. Saturday concerts take place in Great Barrington at St. James Place. Concerts take place at 7pm.

Concerts continue June 30-July 2 with a program titled The Chamber Music of Robert and Clara Schumann. Performing are David Hyun-su Kim, fortepiano; Daniel Stepner, violin; Marcus Thompson, viola; and Jacques Lee Wood, cello.

On July 7, 8, and 9 Aston Magna presents The Chamber Music of J.S. Bach, including excerpts from “The Musical Offering,” with Andrea LeBlanc, baroque flute; Peter Sykes, harpsichord; Daniel Stepner, baroque violin, and Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba.

violist Marcus Thompson (photo Christian Steinert / courtesy artist)

On July 14, 15, and 16, the “All Handel” program offers “Armida abbandonata” and “Gloria” with soprano Dominique Labelle, with Daniel Stepner and Julie Leven, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba, and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.

Finally, on July 21, 22, and 23, the program “Double Apotheosis: Francois Couperin’s Tributes to Corelli and Lully” is performed by Daniel Stepner and Edson Scheid, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.

Tickets are available at Aston Magna or by phone (888) 492-1283.






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