Period pieces: Music for Severall Friends
Two seasons ago, Music for Severall Friends stepped in to fill a gap in our city’s concert life, offering international-level historically informed performances of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. The group’s principal mover-and-shaker is viola da gamba player Mary Springfels, a Cerrillos resident. In this opening concert of the group’s new season, she’ll be joined by Baroque violin virtuoso Elizabeth Blumenstock and harpsichordist Matthew Dirst. Blumenstock, who is concertmaster of the Göttingen International Handel Festival and often serves in the same capacity for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the American Bach Soloists, and Complesso Barocco, has been recorded on more than one hundred CDs. This concert focuses on mid-Baroque music from the turn of the 18th century, including sonatas by Johann Schenck (from his 1706 collection L’echo du Danube), Heinrich Biber (for scordatura violin, from his 1696 volume Harmonia artificioso-ariosa), and Dieterich Buxtehude (also published in 1696). The concert takes place on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail. Tickets ($40) can be purchased at the door. — J.M.K.