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2020 Pacific Baroque Festival – FASHIONABLY LATE

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

A Morning at London’s Bach-Abel Concerts
​Paul Luchkow, baroque violin
Sam Stadlen, viola da gamba
Michael Jarvis, harpsichord

​The Bach-Abel concerts were England’s first subscription concerts, organized between 1765 and 1782 by J.C. Bach and C.F. Abel. Featuring almost exclusively instrumental music, a great number of symphonies, overtures, concertos, airs from the opera as well as chamber music by Bach, Abel, Haydn and their contemporaries received their English premieres at the Wednesday performances. From 1765-1768 the concerts were organized by Mrs. Theresa Cornelys, a retired Venetian operatic soprano, impresario, and courtesan who owned a highly fashionable concert hall at Carlisle House in Soho Square “the most magnificent place of entertainment in Europe.” In 1768 the concerts were transferred to larger premises at Almack’s Assembly Rooms at St. James’. In 1774 they returned to Soho Square for one season, then moved to the newly-constructed lavish concert hall in Hanover Square.’

From the diary of Edward Piggot:
“April the 16th 1776, Lord Fauconbery sent me a ticket for Bach and Abel’s Concert at the assembly room in Hanover Square. The performers were the two above mentioned, the second played a solo exceeding well; In all about 22 musicians; this concert is reckoned the best in the world, everything executed with the greatest taste and exactness; a very fine room; very elegantly painted; it was almost full, everybody dressed; between the acts they go in another room underneath where you have tea; it is by subscription; it begins at about 8 and ends at 10. Everything is very elegant.”

Next performance:
‘GALANT & ELEGANT’ Lorenzo Ghielmi, organ
Thursday, March 5, 2020, 8PM (Pre-concert talk at 7:15PM)
Christ Church Cathedral


March 5
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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