South Berkshire Concert: Baroque Masters
When: Sat Sep 22 • 8:00 pm
Where: McConnell Auditorium
Baroque Masters: Wieland Kiujken, viola da gamba; Eva Legêne, recorder; Arthur Haas, harpsichord
Returning after their performance to a full house at Simon's Rock in April, 2011, these three master-musicians offer a new program of chamber music for viol, recorder, and harpsichord.
Virtuoso baroque music performers Wieland Kuijken, Eva Legêne, and Arthur Haas, will make a return appearance for South Berkshire Concerts at Simon’s Rock on Saturday, September 22 at 8 pm in the McConnell Auditorium of the Daniel Arts Center on the Bard College at Simon’s Rock campus. This concert will have a suggested donation of $10. For further information, call 413-528-7212.
Each musician represents the highest achievement of mastery on their respective instruments in the world today: viola da gamba, recorder, and harpsichord. They last appeared together on the South Berkshire Series on April 3, 2010, when they played to a sold-out house in Kellogg Music Center. Their coming appearance has been moved to the larger hall to make room for a larger anticipated audience. They will be performing a diverse program of chamber works including trio sonatas by Jean-Marie Leclair and Antonio Vivaldi, sonatas by J. S. Bach for recorder and for viol, and works by Marin Marias, François Couperin, and Jean Philippe Rameau.
Wieland Kuijken is widely regarded as one of the most influential pioneers in the twentieth century revival of the viola da gamba and early cello. Born to a musical family near Brussels, he began studies on the cello at the Conservatory at Bruges in 1952. He then attended the Brussels Conservatory, winning the Prix d'Excellence in 1962. At the same time, he began to teach himself the viola da gamba, and from 1959 to 1972, he performed with the Alarius Ensemble, an ensemble devoted to performances of French Baroque music. Soon thereafter, the name "Kuijken" became synonymous with stylistically accurate performances of Baroque music. Specializing in the bass viol, Wieland Kuijken has performed and recorded a large repertoire as both a continuo player and soloist. His recordings of Bach, Marais, and Forqueray have garnered critical acclaim, and his repertoire encompasses music by composers as late as Mozart and Boccherini. He has taught at the conservatories of Antwerp, Brussels, and the Hague, and has been a featured performer at festivals of early music such as Flanders, Saintes, and the English Bach Festival. Aside from his brothers, notable collaborators have included Alfred Deller, Frans Brüggen, Jordi Savall, and Gustav Leonhardt.
Eva Legêne, recorder virtuosa, is known throughout Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia for her remarkable performances. Born in the Netherlands as member of the third generation in a large family of musicians, Eva Legêne studied with Frans Brüggen, and taught at the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam as well as at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen. In 1985 she became professor of music at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Early Music Institute in Bloomington IN, and director of the annual Recorder Performer’s Seminar, and Summer Recorder Academy. After retiring and relocating to Germany, she continues teaching master classes in Europe and the United States.
Eva Legêne is a frequent guest at international festivals and appeared in concert with many renowned early music artists such as Frans Brüggen, Hopkinson Smith (who will appear at Simon’s Rock this February) and others, and regularly tours the US with gambist Wieland Kuijken. As a soloist she premiered Bernhard Heiden’s Concerto for Recorder with the Minneapolis Chamber Orchestra, and performed Steve Stucky’s Concerto for Recorder and Orchestra (Etudes) with the New Music Ensemble at Jacobs School of Music in Bloomington. She has recorded for radio and television in Europe, the US, Australia, Canada, and Asia, and for the labels Telefunken, Denon, Focus, and Rondo Records. A recording with music by Telemann with Michael McCraw (bassoon) and Washington McClain (oboe) will be released by Focus Records.
Arthur Haas, harpsichordist, is one of the most sought-after performers and teachers of Baroque music in the U.S. today. He holds a master’s degree in historical musicology from UCLA, where he studied harpsichord with Bess Karp. He also studied with Albert Fuller at The Juilliard School and with Alan Curtis in Berkeley and in Amsterdam. Mr. Haas was awarded the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975, and then lived in France, performing in many of the major European early music festivals and teaching at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême. While in Paris, he joined the famed Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances and recordings of both early and contemporary music. In 1985, his formal American debut at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was highly praised by the New York Times. He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s premier early music ensembles whose recordings of Bach, Vivaldi, Telemann, and Rameau have received critical acclaim in the press. He is also a member of Empire Viols and Aula Harmoniæ. Mr. Haas participated in the first recording of the Bach Goldberg Variation Canons with Alan Curtis, and has also recorded suites for two harpsichords by Gaspard LeRoux with William Christie. His solo CD’s of Pièces de clavecin by Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Suites de clavecin of Forqueray, music by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries, and suites of Jacquet de la Guerre and François Couperin have been widely praised in the press. Annual summer workshop and festival appearances take him to the International Baroque Institute at Longy, and the Amherst Early Music Festival, where he has served as artistic director of the Baroque Academy since 2002. Mr. Haas is professor of harpsichord and early music at Stony Brook University, where he directs the award winning Stony Brook Baroque Players, and is also on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music and Juilliard’s recently created historical performance program. This Fall, he began teaching harpsichord and early music courses at the Yale School of Music.
Last May the organization Early Music America announced that “Arthur Haas will receive the Thomas Binkley Award for outstanding achievement in performance and scholarship by the director of a university or college early music ensemble.”