Distinguished Artist Series Presents London Baroque Oct.10

Oct. 9, 2000

by Richard Veit

The next presentation in Baylor University's Distinguished Artist Series will be a concert by the chamber group London Baroque on Tuesday, Oct. 10, beginning at 8 p.m. in Roxy Grove Hall. Formed in 1978 by violinist Ingrid Seifert and cellist Charles Medlam, London Baroque is regarded worldwide as one of the foremost exponents of baroque chamber music. The foursome records exclusively for the Harmonia Mundi (France) label.

Besides Seifert and Medlam, London Baroque also includes violinist Richard Gwilt and harpsichordist Terence Charlston. The group's repertoire spans a period from the end of the 16th century up to Mozart and Haydn. Their Baylor appearance, titled "Contrapunctus," will consist almost entirely of works by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Opening the program will be "Three Fantasies in Three Parts" by Henry Purcell. Then the group will play a string trio (with basso continuo) by Johann Gottlieb Graun.

The Bach portion of the concert will feature three Countrapuncti from The Art of Fugue and the Aria on which the Goldberg Variations are based. Then will come two prelude-and-fugue sets from The Well-Tempered Clavier--one played in its harpsichord original and the other in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's arrangement for string trio. Also to be heard are the Prelude and Two Bourrées from the Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello and the Trio Sonata in G major, BWV 530.

Tickets for this concert by London Baroque are priced at $12, with Baylor students, faculty, and staff admitted for $8. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 710-3991.

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