Jan. 8, 2007
Baroque Violin-Harpsichord Duo Will Play Jan. 18 At Trinity Church
Violinist Linda Melsted and harpsichordist Borys Medicky, leading members of the Canadian Baroque ensemble Note Bene and veterans of other period-instrument groups, will present a free recital at 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 18, in Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E. College St. in downtown Iowa City.
Their concert is the third performance of the 2006-07 Baroque Concert Series on Period Instruments, presented by the University of Iowa School of Music.
The program will end with the famed "Devil's Trill" Sonata of Giuseppe Tartini, so-named for the legend that the sonata originated in a dream of the composer, in which he had written down music performed by the devil.
Other works on the program will be:
-- Sonata "Per sonar con due corde" (played on two strings) by Biagio Marini;
-- Sonata in G minor "La Desperata" (The desperate one) by Carlo Farina;
-- Sonata V "Aria malincon" (Melancholy air) by Johann Jakob Walther;
-- "Sonata representativa" (Representative sonata) by Heinrich Ignaz von Biber; and
-- Arcangelo Corelli's Sonata No. 3 in C major.
The "Baroque Concert Series on Period Instruments" was organized by Lisa Merrill and is presented in memory of Leopold La Fosse. A long-time member of the School of Music faculty, La Fosse often performed on Baroque violin and led an ensemble of UI students concerned with Baroque performance practices, the La Fosse Ensemble.
The final performance of the series will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, when Stanley Ritchie, Baroque violin, and Elizabeth Wright, harpsichord, will perform at Trinity Episcopal Church.
The concert is part of a performance practice program at the UI School of Music, made possible by the donation of an ensemble of period instruments -- eight Baroque violins, two Baroque violas, two Baroque cellos and 15 Baroque and transitional bows -- to the UI School of Music. The instruments from La Fosse's collection were given by the late professor's widow, Maria La Fosse.
Melsted has performed all over North America, Europe and Japan as a soloist, chamber musician, member and leader of historical performance groups including Tafelmusik, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Concerto Köln, and the New York Baroque Ensemble. She has been praised for her virtuosity, sweetness of tone and the musical commitment and fire that she brings to a performance. She was the featured soloist in recordings by Tafelmusik documentary the "Mozart Noir."
In her hometown of Kitchener, Onatrio, Melsted teaches violin at the University of Waterloo, eads the Baroque ensemble Nota Bene and has been guest leader and soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. She has recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Sony, Analekta and CBC records.
Medicky has appeared as solo harpsichordist and continuo player in the United States, Canada, and Europe. In Canada he has appeared with Tafelmusik, the Toronto Consort, Baroque Music Beside the Grange, Aradia, Via Salzburg, the Grand River Baroque Ensemble and the Elora Festival Chamber Players. He studied harpsichord at the Eastman School of Music and the State niversity of New York at Stony Brook. Upon the completion of his doctoral degree at Stony Brook he was awarded the Samuel Baron Prize, given to an outstanding recent graduate.
In Toronto he is active as a freelancer and private teacher, also co-directing the Toronto Continuo Collective. He has long cultivated a strong interest in historical dance and its influence on instrumental music, having studied French Baroque dance for several years and acting as music director for the Toronto-based Baroque dance group La Belle Danse.
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