Baroque chamber music concert set for Christ Church

BRADENTON — Christ Episcopal Church, 4030 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, will present a concert of baroque chamber music at 4 p.m. March 8 played by period instruments by violinist David Wilson and harpsichordist Julane Rodgers, performing “The Sorrowful Mysteries: Music for the Lenten Season.”

This concert presents four sonatas by Heinrich Biber, from a larger collection composed on the meditations of the rosary. These works use different scordatura (nonstandard) tunings to give the violin a particular color for each sonata. Works for countertenor, harpsichord and organ will also be heard.

Audience members may choose to listen to this music for its aesthetic and musical richness or to deepen their Lenten devotions.

Wilson has performed extensively with period instrument ensembles in the United States and Europe. An avid chamber musician, he has played with Baroque Northwest and Magnificat, and he is a founding member of Florilegia, the Galax Quartet, Aurora Baroque and other ensembles. A co-founder of the Bloomington Early Music Festival, he also performs regularly at the Boston Early Music Festival, the Berkeley Early Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival.

Julane Rodgers moved to Sarasota two years ago from Dayton, Ohio, where she was harpsichordist for the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dayton Bach Society and taught on the adjunct faculty of the University of Dayton.

Don Sheeler is the alto section leader at Christ Episcopal Church in Bradenton, having served previously in the same capacity at Church of the Redeemer and First United Methodist Church in Sarasota.

Richard Benedum is organist-choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church and Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Service Professor of music at the University of Dayton. From 2001 to 2005 he held the endowed Alumni Chair in the Humanities, and served as chair of the Music Department from 1980 to 1988 and from 1996 to 2001.

Christ Church developed the concert series to feature renowned musicians performing in this impressive worship setting, which features the Létourneau Opus 96, a 75-rank, 68-stop mechanical action pipe organ with exceptional specifications. Orgues Létourneau Limitée of Canada developed the organ, which was dedicated in February 2007.

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