This preview has been provided by Baroque & Beyond.

Musical sunshine is offered in the final concert of the season for Baroque & Beyond. The concert features music of baroque composers from Mediterranean countries.

Opening with Diego Ortiz, the program also includes compositions by Fontana, Domenico Gabrielli, Bertali, and Marini. While dance rhythms are nearly always found in music of this era, this program focuses more on music that sounds improvised, and sometimes slightly wild. That’s not surprising when you consider the personal lives of some of the composers. For example, Antonio Pandolfi Mealli is rumored to have murdered a castrato!

Canadian baroque violinist Peter Lekx  will be featured, along with Robbie Link, viola da gamba, and Barbara Krumdieck, baroque cello. This instrumentation not only makes possible solos for gamba or cello with the opposite bass string instrument playing continuo – it also provides the continuo team of your dreams when the composition is for violin. Harpsichordist Beverly Biggs rounds out the ensemble; she also serves as Artistic Director of Baroque & Beyond.


  • Diego Ortiz – Three Recercadas
  • Giovanni Batista Fontana – Sonata Duodecima (violin & gamba)
  • Antonio Pandolfi Mealli – “La Bernabea”
  • Domenico Gabrelli – Sonata in G for cello & continuo
  • Antonio Bertali – Ciacona in C
  • Giovanni Benedetto Platti – Cello Sonata
  • Biagio Marini – Arie, Madrigal et Corenti on Romanesca
  • Alessandro Stradella – Sinfonia #22 for violin & continuo band

Tickets are $18, available through Friday (3/11) from Preservation Chapel Hill (919-942-7818, and on Sunday at the door. Suggested parking in the Planetarium lot or Rosemary Street parking deck. This performance takes place in the historic chapel at Chapel of the Cross.

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