From March 11-18, Hoff Barthelson Music School’s “Festivals in Style: Baroque and Beyond” festival will immerse White Plains and Scarsdale with robust and powerful music from the Baroque period. The agenda includes several concerts on most days of the week-long celebration. March 11 and 12 both offer a performance of Anton Webern’s transcription of the Ricercata from Bach’s Musical Offering, but include different arrangements: the Festival Orchestra will be joined by Beginning and Junior Voices, Flute Clubs and Wind Ensemble during the first night, but Suzuki Strings, Viola Club, Young Peoples’ Symphonette and Chamber Orchestra during the second.
Additional concerts showcase student soloists and ensembles, including a Chamber Choir concert on March 18, which showcases Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’ Isola d’Alcina. Of particular note will be a special all-Bach performance on March 15 by HB Cello Virtuosi, a group that is comprised of members from the School’s cello faculty. All performances take place at either Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation in White Plains or at Hoff-Barthelson Music School in Scarsdale. For a schedule and more info, visit: hbms.org.
A version of this article first appeared in the March 2017 issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.
Image above: Jun Nakabayashi, Festival Orchestra Music Director (photo credit: Steve Schnur)