BYU PERFORMING ARTS SERIES PRESENTS
Christopher Krueger, flauto traverse
Marc Schachman, baroque oboe
Linda Quan, baroque violin
Myron Lutzke, baroque cello
Arthur Haas, harpsichord
“The players of New York’s Aulos Ensemble were fluid singers all, their lines never losing clarity or shape, always sounding flexible and spontaneous. This was authentic Baroque performance at its best.”
–New York Times
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Founded in 1973, the Aulos Ensemble was one of the first American “original instrument” ensembles. The group’s accomplishments over the past four decades have given it pre-eminence in the early music movement and established the ensemble’s five musicians as highly acclaimed and celebrated presenters of European Baroque music traditions.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Formed in 1973 by five Juilliard graduates, the Aulos Ensemble was at the forefront of a movement that has captured the imagination of the American listening public. Invitations from some of the most prestigious chamber music presenters in the U.S. soon followed.
The 1980s also saw the beginnings of what became a wonderful tradition for New York concertgoers–the Aulos’ Christmas concerts in front of the Neapolitan Christmas tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. These concerts–of which The New York Times
said, “if it has to be just one Christmas concert, this is it!”–were for many years given annually in the magical setting of the Medieval Sculpture Court and featured a variety of guest artists. Over the past seasons the eminent American vocalists Dawn Upshaw, Sanford Sylvan, and Derek Lee Ragin have appeared with Aulos in these presentations. In the 1990s the group began expanding its repertoire, and added programming with additional guest artists, enabling performances of the complete Brandenburg Concerti, Handel’s Water Music, and Acis and Galatea. These projects have been met with critical acclaim---The New York Times
wrote of their Acis and Galatea performance at the Metropolitan Museum, “In all, it was an utter delight.”
Aulos Ensemble concerts are frequently broadcast by National Public Radio from venues such as The Frick Collection in New York, Live at Wolf Trap, and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Most recently, its instrumental Christmas program “Joyeux Noel” was heard throughout the country repeatedly on NPR’s “Performance Today.” Now in its fourth decade, Aulos continues to explore new projects and develop outlets for its music-making.
ABOUT THE PERFORMANCE
Feb. 8, 7:30 p.m.
$17 ($7 off with BYU or student ID, $3 off for senior citizens or BYU alumni)
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