Crown Jewels

Musicians of the 18th-Century Dresden Court

Martie Perry, Curator & Guest Concertmaster

February 27, 2022 | 4:00 pm 

Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center

February 28, 2022 | 7:30 pm 

Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center (UIndy)

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From the Curator

Imagine for a moment that you are standing inside the historic vault of a royal palace during the baroque period. You are in the castle of Dresden, Germany. It is a zenith of splendor unlike anything your eyes have ever seen. On display are the most spectacular and opulent treasures. Your eyes behold jewelry with the most brilliant and colorful glittering gems, including some of the largest diamonds in the world. Here, all that sparkles is so much more than gold. This lavish collection was founded by Augustus II (1670-1733), the Elector of Saxony, King of Poland, and the Grand Duke of Lithuania. He was known as Augustus the Strong, and he was not only a gatherer of sumptuous objects, but also of the most magnificently talented musicians in Europe.


Now, also conjure in your visualization an orchestra created by this same monarch. Like priceless jewels, his musicians were the finest players of the day, unrivaled in their virtuosity. Many of these geniuses are also some of the greatest composers. Augustus the Strong’s ensemble earned an international reputation, making Dresden (known as “The Florence of the Elbe”) the predominant and scintillating center of music and arts in 17th and 18th-Century Germany. This Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra program celebrates these gifted musicians in Dresden at this time, and their exceptional music. Works for strings, oboes, and horns by Johann David Heinichen, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Georg Pisendel, and Johann Adolph Hasse will be featured in a dazzling display of cosmopolitan richness, highlighting the blended French and Italian styles that was so prevalent in Dresden court music.

Program image: 'Dresden From the Right Bank of the Elbe Above the Augustus Bridge'

Bernardo Bellotto (1721-1780)

Meet the artists


Martie Perry

Curator & Concertmaster

Martie Perry has a vibrant national career as a respected baroque specialist on both violin and viola. Her playing has been called “…ideally realized…taut and loaded with nuance” by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and “highly expressive” by the Boston Musical Intelligencer. Martie performs as a principal player with many U.S. period instrument ensembles including the Indianapolis, North Carolina, and Atlanta Baroque Orchestras,  Washington Bach Consort, Bourbon Baroque, Three Notch’d Road, Spire Chamber Ensemble, Mallarmé Chamber Ensemble, Musika Ekklesia, Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, and ¡Sacabuche!


She earned a Master of Music in Early Music Performance/Baroque Violin at Indiana University, where she studied with Stanley Ritchie and served as the graduate assistant for the baroque orchestra. Martie has been heard in a live international broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT radio, on the early music program “Harmonia,” and on NPR’s “Performance Today,” and has recorded for ATMA Classique, IndyBaroque, Edition Lilac, Musica Omnia, Naxos, WFIU, Cedille, the National Cathedral, and Concordia Publishing.

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