Art Inspiring Art: In an ongoing project, MUSA is commissioning emerging composers across the country to write new works for Baroque instruments based on masterworks from the period. For this program, we pair the folia — one of Western's music most enduring themes — and one of Georg Philipp Telemann's famous Paris Quartets with compositions by Bay-Area based composer Danny Clay, and the Los Angeles-based composer Andrew McIntosh.
L'hommage français: French composers frequently wrote works in honor of their musical friends and contemporaries. In this program, we perform two large-scale works by François Couperin — one in honor of Arcangelo Corelli, the other in honor of Jean-Baptiste Lully — as well as works by Jean-Féry Rebel and Jean-Philippe Rameau.
Italianissimo: This rarely-played repertoire features virtuosic repertoire for one, two, or three violins based on popular tunes of the early 17th century. The program features works by Buonamente, Frescobaldi, Marini, Rossi, Uccellini, and Vivaldi.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS (K-12)
Musical Accents: Just as different nations are famous for their unique cuisines and manners of speech, composers wrote with their homeland's musical inflections and accents. This musical demonstration explores the passionate virtuosity of Italians, the refined graces and elegance of the dancing French royalty, and the German melting pot of musical fashion mixed with the art of counterpoint, with works by Vivaldi, Couperin, and Bach.
(Education Program at Live at Mission Blue. Photos by Kevin Fryer)