La Bergamasca Concert
Performed on Sunday March 28th, 2004
This concert included the lively Renaissance piece, La Bergamasca, and a spirited twentieth-century arrangement of it by Larry Bernstein.
The concert featured English suites for recorder orchestra by Lyndon Hilling and others, and a Telemann Fest, including the rarely heard Telemann Horn Concerto for recorder, French horn, and basso continuo, and the overture to Telemann's Suite in A Minor for recorder, strings, and harpsichord, often considered one of the most beautiful pieces in the flute and recorder repertory.
It also included a concerto for two recorders, strings, and basso continuo, which was played by the noted recorderist John Burkhalter, and Donna Messer, founder of the Highland Park Recorder Society, with Eugene Roan, Professor Emeritus of Harpsichord and Organ, of Westminster Choir College of Rider University, playing his Martin Harpsichord. In the Overture to the Suite, the Martin harpsichord was played by Dean Poulsen.
In addition to the English Suites and the Baroque music, the concert featured an evocative, mystical piece for eight recorders and triangles by the Estonian composer, Arvo Part.