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Aston Magna: Music for Forbidden Dances Starts the Season!

June 16 at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson

Now in its 45th season this festival doesn’t always create the largest waves, but it definitely endures as a real strength of the classical music scene. Once upon a time it was merely a series of informal musicales, offered or a summer pastime at the Great Barrington estate from which the festival now takes its name. Who knew it would become a trusted institution all these years later? Not us.

Music aficionados for what the classical domain calls “early music” have been aware that at Aston Magna they can now hear A-one versions of Baroque music, madrigals and other dulcet tones. Fortunately, this music appeals to everyone, not just the elite or those in the know about classical music. Yes, give yourself permission to enjoy listing to enjoy such prodigious works, such wonderful tunes and emotionally resonant work. We think you’ll agree that artistic director Daniel Stepner has taken an attentive, measured approach to these works he presents this season.

This year’s program kicks off the 45th season on June 16 with dance music, highlighting such displays as the Spanish saraband and the Baroque chaconne. And who doesn’t love hearing an evocative, sultry tango - you’re humming one right now, aren’t you? And fortunately, this one features the superbly talented Hector del Curto, bandoneon player. It may be hard to stay in your seat. At least you can tap your toes!

…a banquet of riches…may Aston Magna live forever,” ~ The Berkshire Review, 2016

Aston Magna is the nation’s longest running summer festival of early music, with period instruments in the hands of virtuoso performers and the finest early music vocalists. So here is the schedules

Friday, June 16, 2017 @ 8 PM,  MUSIC FOR FORBIDDEN DANCES Aston Magna: Music for Forbidden Dances: Sarabands, Chaconas and Tangos, Hector del Curto, bandoneon, with Aston Magna musicians Arañes, Bach, Bertali, Merula, Purcell, Corelli and Rodriquez. In the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 8 PM LATE, GREAT MOZART including the clarinet quintet, featuring Eric HoeprichK.563, K.581. In the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Friday, June 30, 2017 @ 8 PM, ARIAS AND SINFONIAS FROM BIBLICAL ORATORIOS,  Dominique Labelle, soprano, with Aston Magna string ensemble. Works by Caldara, Handel, Purcell, Clerambault. In the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

Friday, July 7, 2017 @ 8 PM, PAGANINI: THE 24 CAPRICES FOR VIOLIN, featuring Edson Scheid, baroque violin. In the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson.

As Aston Magna’s Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner has programmed and led vocal and instrumental music dating from 1589 through the 1850s, featuring period instruments and vocal styles. The Festival’s repertoire has ranged from music for solo violin to baroque and early classical opera. Mr. Stepner was a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio at the Museum of Fine Arts and first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet at Brandeis University. He’s held concertmasterships with the Handel and Haydn Society, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Boston Baroque. 

He was assistant concertmaster and soloist of the Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century in Holland for six years. He was a Preceptor in Music at Harvard for 20 years. Mr. Stepner is featured on over 60 commercial recordings. Read more about him and the other artists here.  

Join the fun for their 45th season at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson (and other out of county sites)! Order tickets by phone at 888-492-1283.

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