Pe­riod pieces: Mu­sic for Sev­er­all Friends

Pasatiempo - - RANDOM ACTS -

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.

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