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Aston Magna: The 2014 Festival Schedule

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We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Aston Magna Music Festival, and we can’t wait to see you at one or all of our four wonderful concert venues! This year, we introduce ART/SMART, a $15 ticket program for patrons under 30.

Once you view our schedule, you’ll want to go straight to astonmagna.org’s calendar for more details and ticket instructions.

Meanwhile, for a taste of what’s to come, read on….

Aston Magna 2014:
A Season of Romance, War, and Other Human Follies

C. P. E Bach 300th Birthday Celebration, and J. S. Bach’s Musical Offering

June 19, 8:00 pm, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
June 20, 8:00 pm, Olin Hall, Bard College
June 21, 6:00 pm, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Program: C. P. E. Bach: Quartet for flute, viola and keyboard; Fantasia for harpsichord and violin; Sonata for bass recorder, viola, and continuo; and J. S. Bach: A Musical Offering

Artists: Daniel Stepner, violin; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Peter Sykes, fortepiano; Christopher Krueger, baroque flute and recorder; Anne Black, viola and violin

Winds of Romanticism

June 26, 8:00 pm, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
June 27, 8:00 pm, Olin Hall, Bard College
June 28, 6:00 pm, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Program: Brahms: Clarinet Quintet; Crusell: Divertimento for oboe and Strings; Mendelssohn: Quartet in  A Minor, Op. 13

Artists: Eric Hoeprich, 19th-century clarinet; Stephen Hammer, classical oboe; Daniel Stepner, Julie Leven, violins; David Miller, viola; Guy Fishman, cello

Music from a Turbulent 17th Century England

July 3, 8:00 pm, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
July 4, 8:00 pm, Olin Hall, Bard College
July 5, 6:00 pm, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Program: Galliards, laments and sonatas before and after the English Civil War. Music by Dowland, Lawes, Lanier, Purcell, Blow

Artists: Deborah Rentz-Moore, mezzo-soprano; David Ripley, baritone; Peter Sykes, organ; Catherine Liddell, theorbo; Daniel Stepner and Danielle Maddon, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba

Vice Squad: Baroque Skirmishes with Alcohol, Tobacco, Coffee, and Love

July 10, 8:00 pm, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
July 11, 8:00 pm, Olin Hall, Bard College
July 12, 8:00 pm, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Program: J. S. Bach: Coffee Cantata, and an aria from Amore traditore; Purcell: Songs of Love and Drink; Tobias Hume: Tobacco; Thomas Ravenscroft: Songs of Ale and Tobacco; Nicolas Bernier: Cantata, Le Caffé

Artists: Teresa Wakim, soprano; Frank Kelley, tenor; Jesse Blumberg, bass; with an instrumental ensemble led by Daniel Stepner

Italian Trio sonatas, and “Aston Magna” by Nico Muhly (World Premiere)

July 17, 8:00 pm, Slosberg Auditorium, Brandeis University
July 18, 8:00 pm, Olin Hall, Bard College
July 19, 6:00 pm, Daniel Arts Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock

Program: Music by Corelli, Vivaldi, Rossi, Stradella, Pernucio and Muhly.

Artists: Daniel Stepner and Joan Plana, baroque violins; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Michael Sponseller, harpsichord

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