House of Cards: Paris in the Age of Revolution

House of Cards
Paris in the Age of Revolution

A Concert of Baroque Music Performed on Historic Instruments

Followed a Buffet of French Pastries & Coffee

Saturday, February 28, 2015 8:00 p.m.

François-André Philidor, Quatuors II & VI from L’art de la modulation
Pancrace Royer, Le Vertigo
Louis Gabriel Guillemain, Amusement for Violin Solo in A Major
George Philipp Telemann, Quatour in G Major
& Salon Music for Harp Solo

Special Guests:
Elizabeth Wallfisch & Rachel Evans, Baroque Violin
Anne Briggs, Baroque Flute Geoffrey Burgess, Baroque Oboe
Cheryl Ann Fulton, Baroque Triple Harp Leon Schelhase, Harpsichord

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. But the seeds of revolution had been accumulating for some time and the facades of perfumed society were about to crumble like a house of cards. Music was swept into the social and aesthetic tensions of revolution and the result was a profound shift in musical expression. Among the musical revolutionaries was Philidor, a musician and chess player whose chromatic ‘decorations’ and experiments in modulation of tone color were wildly progressive for adherents of the old régime.

Event Location and Ticket Information

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The Historic Church of St. Mary the Virgin
191 South Greeley Avenue
Chappaqua, New York 10514
Handicap Accessible? Yes

Date: Saturday, February 28, 2015
Times: 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

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Presenter: Ars Antiqua
Presenter Phone: 914-238-8015
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Sponsor Message

This program is made possible by a generous grant from the Hegardt Foundation