A free Education & Community Enrichment program:
Lecture: What’s Baroque about Baroque Music?
John Burkhalter, III
Scholar, Musician, Artistic Director of The Practitioners of Musick
Thursday May 25 at 7 pm
Mary Jacobs Library of Rocky Hill
64 Washington Street, Rocky Hill, NJ
free and open to the public
Co-sponsored by the Mary Jacobs Library of Rocky Hill
In broad terms, the Baroque period is when the solo and trio sonata became a fixed form, the orchestra was born, opera kicked off in a big way, and the concerto gave soloists the chance to properly show off. From the period’s beginnings in the early 1600s to when the Classical period style began to take over in the mid-1700s, the sound of the Baroque period remained distinct – ordered, ornate and increasingly emotive as the period went on. Learn more about music and instruments from the “Age of the Baroque” in this lecture.
John Burkhalter studied the performance of early music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Daniel Pinkham and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University under the noted Dutch recorder virtuoso, scholar and conductor Frans Brüggen. In addition, he received instruction from the distinguished Swiss Baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso Michel Piguet. Mr. Burkhalter is the artistic director of The Practitioners of Musick specializing in the musical world of Eighteenth Century Great Britain and Ireland and the Colonial and early Federal periods in America. He also performs with Le Triomphe de l’Amour, Brandywine Baroque, La Fiocco, the newly formed Princeton University group Early Music Princeton, and Les Agréments de Musique. He regularly performs in various English Country Dance Bands in association, most notably, with the Germantown Colonial Assembly in Philadelphia and New York City’s 92nd Street Y.