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Chamber Players to play at Roxy Grove Hall Smithsonian performs revolutionary Baroque style in distinguished artist series

March 20, 1997

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The Smithsonian Chamber Players, an ensemble of 13 musicians from Washington D.C. will perform 18th century style baroque concertos and overtures at 8 p.m. today in Roxy Grove Hall.

By Matthew Lester

Lariat Reporter

'Baroque' translates as bizarre in Italian. This music was the heavy metal of the 18th century. The music was loud and revolutionary for the period, but it sounds like gold and radiates richness from the instruments that play it.

The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform 'Virtuoso Concertos of the High Baroque' at 8 p.m. today in Roxy Grove Hall.

'The group will present some of the best pieces of work from five baroque composers,' Richard Veit, concert and promotion director of the Baylor School of Music, said. 'These are some of the best examples of Baroque music.'

The Chamber Players are an ensemble of 13 musicians from the Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra of Washington, DC. Their director is Kenneth Slowik, who also serves the group as its cellist and viola da gamba player.

'Baroque music is characterized by harmonic complexity,' Veit said. 'The musical style is after the ornate architecture of the 18th century.'

The music reflected the mood of the times. Life in Europe was becoming elegant and stable. Music was developing in the same pattern as European civilization, The Arton Web site, an online background forum for art and music, said.

The Chamber performers will play the music of Bach, Teleman, Vivaldi, Coerelli and Handel.

The concert will open with George Philip Telemann's 'Overture in D Major,' which consists of an overture and six dance movements.

The program will conclude with the work from Antonio Vivaldi's 'L'estro armonico,' a set of 12 concertos. The Smithsonian Chamber Players will perform Concerto number 11 in D minor for two violins, cello, and orchestra.

Tickets are $6 for Baylor Students, faculty and staff. General admission tickets are $10.

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