Concert: City of Light: Philidor, Paris & the Rococo Music Room

City of Light
Philidor, Paris & the Rococo Music Room
Saturday November 18, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

Followed by a 30th-Year Anniversary Champagne Reception & CD Launch Party

Music of François-André Danican Philidor:
Two Parisian Quartets from L’art de la modulation
Cantata for Soprano & Strings: L’Eté
& Music for Solo Baroque Guitar and Harpsichord

The Artists:
Ilana Davidson, Soprano Hideki Yamaya, Baroque Guitar
Krista Bennion Feeney & Rachel Evans, Baroque Violin
Anne Briggs, Baroque Flute Geoffrey Burgess, Baroque Oboe
Leon Schelhase, Harpsichord Mark Kramer, Viola da gamba

Under the luminescence of sparkling chandeliers, ceilings covered with gold filigree and a profusion of glittering ornaments, Parisian music rooms provided a perfect backdrop for the indulgent and graceful music of French rococo composers. It was the age of Chardin, Boucher, Watteau and Fragonard whose paintings captured the luxurious lifestyles and frivolity of French society. The seeds of revolution had accumulated for quite some time in the City of Light and the facades of perfumed society were destined to crumble. Music was swept into the social and aesthetic tensions of Enlightenment era philosophes resulting in a profound shift in musical expression. Among the musical revolutionaries was François-André Danican Philidor, an innovative composer and chess master whose chromatic ‘decorations’ and experiments in modulation of tone color were wildly progressive for adherents of the old régime.

Concert held at the historic:
Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, New York
Tickets are $35.00 and will be available at the door the evening of the concert. Ticket desk opens at 7:30 p.m.
For more information contact: Mark Kramer, 914-238-8015

For a sample of this music, please visit:


Event Location and Ticket Information

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Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 S. Greeley Ave
Chappaqua,, NY 10514
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Times: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Ticket pricing:

Presenter: Ars Antiqua
Presenter Phone: 914-238-8015
Presenter Website:

Sponsor Message

Please join us after the concert for a 30th-Anniversary Champagne Reception & CD Launch Party.