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Trio Speranza presents “With Harp & Voice” — Handel’s Muses

  • All Saints Episcopal Church 4550 North Hermitage Avenue Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)
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George Frideric Handel had an undeniable attraction to the harp, writing one of the first concertos for the instrument in Western history, and using its magical sound in some of his most beloved operas and oratorios. An iconic statue by Roubiliac, commissioned for London's Vauxhall Gardens during Handel's lifetime, depicts the composer with his hand plucking a small harp or lyre. He is even shown leaning against the score of "Alexander's Feast", an oratorio that featured his aforementioned harp concerto at its premiere. How fitting for a piece that includes such text as "With flying fingers touch’d the lyre; the trembling notes ascend the sky, and heav’nly joys inspire” in its libretto.

Members of Trio Speranza and special guest artists Hannah De Priest, soprano; Kiyoe Matsuura, baroque violin; and Claire Happel Ashe, baroque triple harp, have crafted a unique program featuring harp and voice in some of Handel's most enduring works. In addition to opera arias from "Giulio Cesare", "Rinaldo", and "Alcina", we will present a spell-bindingly virtuosic cantata from Handel's youthful Italian period, and instrumental sonatas by Handel's dear friend Georg Philipp Telemann, and librettist Nicola Francesco Haym. 

Anna Griffis, baroque violin
Cora Swenson Lee, baroque cello
Jason Moy, harpsichord
Hannah De Priest, soprano
Kiyoe Matsuura, baroque violin 
Claire Happel Ashe, baroque triple harp

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Sinfonia & V’adoro pupile (Giulio Cesare, HWV 17)
Harp Symphony (Saul, HWV 53)
"Armida abbandonata" HWV 105

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Trio Sonata in F Major, TWV 42:F1

Nicola Francesco Haym (1678-1729)
Trio Sonata in A Minor for Violin, Violoncello, & Harpsichord

George Frideric Handel
Lascia ch’io pianga (Rinaldo, HWV 7)
Trio Sonata in G Major HWV 399
Tornami a vagheggiar" (Alcina, HWV 34)

Approximate runtime: 75 minutes with intermission 
Donations accepted