About Empire Baroque
Founded in 2009, Empire Baroque is an Albany, New York-based ensemble of musicians who perform on Baroque period instruments. The ensemble’s mission is to enrich the cultural life of the New York Capital Region by presenting historically informed performances of solo and chamber music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The ensemble performs at The Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose and other venues in the Capital Region. Core instruments include traverso, baroque violin, viola da gamba, baroque cello, theorbo, and harpsichord.
Yvonne Chavez Hansbrough, traverso
Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, baroque violin
Hilary Walther Cumming, baroque violin
Andre Laurent O'Neil, baroque cello and viola da gamba
William Carragan, harpsichord
Andy Rutherford, theorbo and lute
Celebration of C.P.E. Bach's 300th Birthday (b. 8 March 1714)
Saturday, March 15th at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Picotte Recital Hall
Address: 1002 Madison Avenue
Admission: Free and open to the public, donations welcome
Trio Sonata in B minor, WQ 143
Sonata for solo flute in A minor, Wq 132
Duet in G major for flute and violin, Wq 140
Sonata in C major (1745) for viola da gamba and continuo, Wq 136 or H 558
Trio Sonata in C Major, Wq 147
About the Concert
Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach was one of the most influential and prolific composers of his time. In 2014 his music will be celebrated all over the world for his 300th Birthday Anniversary. Empire Baroque, An Ensemble of Baroque Period Instruments will be honoring CPE Bach and his music on March 15th at 7:30 p.m. at Picotte Recital Hall in the Massry Center for the Arts, The College of Saint Rose.
CPE Bach was Johann Sebastian and Maria Barbara Bach’s second oldest surviving son and was born in Weimar in 1714. He was a virtuoso keyboard player, composer and teacher. He was the main exponent of the Empfindsam style, which flourished between the baroque and the Viennese classical periods. He developed his own personal and emotionally touching style and wanted his music to appeal to both professionals and amateurs. His compositions and his Essay on the True Art of Playing Keyboard Instruments were broadly distributed and appreciated throughout Europe.