London-Vienna [via] Berlin & Hamburg
From Concerto (grosso) to Symphony
November 6, 2022 | 4 pm University of Indianapolis
Orchestra patrons have always taken pride and pleasure in having their most prominent players shine in public -this applies to IBO as well! – and the audience greatly enjoyed hearing them. From around 1700, concertos for one or more soloists with orchestra became rose to prevalence throughout Europe, often based upon the great examples of Arcangelo Corelli and Antonio Vivaldi. During his time in London in the early 18th century, G.F. Handel composed Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6 in g-minor, which features a small group of two violins and cello in contrast with the full orchestra. In the middle of the 18th century, Johann Gottlieb Graun wrote for a quartet of soloists, including the flute, violin, viola da gamba, and cello, in Concerto Grosso in G-Major. At the time, Berlin was the only German city were the viola da gamba, an instrument more usually associated with France, was held in high esteem. Franz Benda, the great Berlin violin virtuoso, mostly wrote for one solo violin or flute, as is featured in Concerto in e-minor. As the century progressed, the fashion of the concerti grossi decayed in favor of symphonies, which often required greater virtuosity from the whole orchestra. In the case of his 1773 Hamburg symphonies, C.P.E. Bach was encouraged by the Viennese commissioner Van Swieten to write freely, without avoiding any difficulties – this is exactly what he did! We therefore conclude From Concerto (grosso) to Symphony with C.P.E. Bach's Symphony in C-Major.
About the Program
After a two year hiatus, we are so pleased to welcome IBO Artistic Director Barthold Kuijken back to Indianapolis to lead this program. The concerti in this program will feature IBO principle players Adriane Post (violin), Martie Perry (violin), Erica Rubis (viola da gamba) and Anna Steinhoff (cello).
Barthold Kuijken, Artistic Director
Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 6 in g-minor | G.F. Handel
Concerto Grosso in G Major | Johann Gottlieb Graun
Concerto in e-minor | Franz Benda
Symphony in C-Major | C.P.E. Bach
Throughout the 2022-2023 season, the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra will observe COVID-19 policies as outlined by venue partners, as well as state and local health organizations. We continue to encourage all patrons, artists, and staff to make decisions based on their individuals health concerns and needs, and expect that individual choices be respected by all parties.
The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra has been an ensemble in residence at the University of Indianapolis since 1999, and presents two concerts at the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center on the UIndy campus each season. UIndy students, faculty, and staff may attend these concerts free-of-charge. Throughout our partnership, we have presented concerts, masterclasses, workshops, and mentorship for UIndy students. If you are a UIndy student interested in attending IBO concerts throughout the year, sitting in on rehearsals, or learning more about historical instruments, please contact director[at]indybaroque.org