2017–2018 Season

2017–18 NYC Concert Series
Via Amsterdam: Musical Immigration

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Amsterdam was a thriving musical “port city”—one of the few places composers sent their precious manuscripts to be published, and from there, disseminated across Europe. In this concert, the Sebastians explore chamber music by Locatelli, who made Amsterdam his home, and his Italian compatriots who published there: Corelli, Mossi, Somis, Vivaldi, and Lully.

October 13, 2017 at 7:30pm
First Church of Christ, Scientist, NYC (map)
Hearing Nationalism

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Amsterdam was a thriving musical “port city”—one of the few places composers sent their precious manuscripts to be published, and from there, disseminated across Europe. In this concert, the Sebastians explore chamber music by Locatelli, who made Amsterdam his home, and his Italian compatriots who published there: Corelli, Mossi, Somis, Vivaldi, and Lully.

November 4, 2017 at 7:30pm
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, NYC (map)
TENEbrae: Pathway to Light

The Sebastians and TENET, following last season’s acclaimed St. John Passion, are thrilled to join forces again for a transcendent concert of sublime sacred cantatas by the German baroque composer Dieterich Buxtehude and instrumental works by his compatriots Handel, Biber, and Kerll. This stirring program is an invocation of spring, calling forth hope from despair and light from darkness.

March 24, 2018 at 8pm
St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC (map)
Bach to Bach: Brandenburg Concerti and Orchestral Suites

Our grand season finale juxtaposes the Italian virtuosity of Bach’s Brandenburg concerti with the French elegance of his Orchestral Suites—back to back. Rarely performed together, these magnificent works reveal two sides of Bach’s musical personality and feature an exceptional variety of instrumental colors: seductive flute, playful oboes and bassoon, majestic hunting horns, exhilarating harpsichord, and even the brilliant violino piccolo, played by our own in-house specialist, founding director Daniel S. Lee.

May 24, 2018 at 7:30pm
Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, NYC (map)
Neighborhood Classics
March 21, 2018 at 7pm
PS 321, Brooklyn (map)
The Academy of Early Music
Les Nations: High Baroque Trio Sonatas

Their program of High Baroque trio sonatas explores the variety of styles used by composers of different nationalities. Built around François Couperin’s Les Nations, it includes works by Arcangelo Corelli, William Boyce, and George Frederic Handel, ending with the Sebastians signature rendition of Antonio Vivaldi’s Folia.

February 23, 2018 at 8pm
Congregational Church of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills (map)
February 24, 2018 at 8pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor (map)
Catskill Mountain Foundation
Salzburg to Vienna in 100 Years: Biber to Mozart

The Sebastians present a program of elegance, wit, and passion in a journey back in time through two of Mozart’s important artistic centers—Salzburg and Vienna.

Salzburg, the sleepy provincial city where Mozart’s father was a court violinist and Kapellmeister in the 1740-60s, was in the previous century home to two influential composers in their own right—Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Georg Muffat. Biber, regarded as one of the greatest violinists of his time, worked for most of his life in the Salzburg court and developed groundbreaking techniques in string writing. Muffat also worked as a court musician in Salzburg for ten years during his cosmopolitan career. The Sebastians top off this program with their signature rendition of the Follia by Antonio Vivaldi, who settled in Vienna in his final years. The centerpiece of this varied program is Mozart’s Concerto in A, K. 414, which will be performed by Yi-heng Yang on a fortepiano built in the style of Mozart’s own instrument, recreating the incisive and dramatic sounds of his musical language. Not only does the stylistic juxtaposition of Mozart with his Baroque predecessors cast the beloved Classical genius in an arresting new light, but the combined collection of composers becomes a fantastical historical journey through two of Europe’s most musical cities.

November 25, 2017 at 8pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter, NY (map)
Bridget Kibbey & the Sebastians
Bridget Kibbey & the Sebastians

Sensational harpist Bridget Kibbey, declared “a marvel” by The New York Times, will join forces with members of the Sebastians, an ensemble known for “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today). J.S. Bach’s monumental Toccata & Fugue in D minor will be part of their inspired program that re-imagines masterpieces of this Baroque master, adapted by Kibbey for harp and early-instrument string quartet.

October 8, 2017 at 2pm
Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (map)
At the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments
Hearing Nationalism

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, Amsterdam was a thriving musical “port city”—one of the few places composers sent their precious manuscripts to be published, and from there, disseminated across Europe. In this concert, the Sebastians explore chamber music by Locatelli, who made Amsterdam his home, and his Italian compatriots who published there: Corelli, Mossi, Somis, Vivaldi, and Lully. Tickets available online or at the door.

November 5, 2017 at 3pm
Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, New Haven (map)
on Parkville Classicals
February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Hartford, CT (map)
Neighborhood Classics
March 21, 2018 at 7pm
PS 321, Brooklyn (map)
The Academy of Early Music
Les Nations: High Baroque Trio Sonatas

Their program of High Baroque trio sonatas explores the variety of styles used by composers of different nationalities. Built around François Couperin’s Les Nations, it includes works by Arcangelo Corelli, William Boyce, and George Frederic Handel, ending with the Sebastians signature rendition of Antonio Vivaldi’s Folia.

February 23, 2018 at 8pm
Congregational Church of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills (map)
February 24, 2018 at 8pm
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ann Arbor (map)
Catskill Mountain Foundation
Salzburg to Vienna in 100 Years: Biber to Mozart

The Sebastians present a program of elegance, wit, and passion in a journey back in time through two of Mozart’s important artistic centers—Salzburg and Vienna.

Salzburg, the sleepy provincial city where Mozart’s father was a court violinist and Kapellmeister in the 1740-60s, was in the previous century home to two influential composers in their own right—Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber and Georg Muffat. Biber, regarded as one of the greatest violinists of his time, worked for most of his life in the Salzburg court and developed groundbreaking techniques in string writing. Muffat also worked as a court musician in Salzburg for ten years during his cosmopolitan career. The Sebastians top off this program with their signature rendition of the Follia by Antonio Vivaldi, who settled in Vienna in his final years. The centerpiece of this varied program is Mozart’s Concerto in A, K. 414, which will be performed by Yi-heng Yang on a fortepiano built in the style of Mozart’s own instrument, recreating the incisive and dramatic sounds of his musical language. Not only does the stylistic juxtaposition of Mozart with his Baroque predecessors cast the beloved Classical genius in an arresting new light, but the combined collection of composers becomes a fantastical historical journey through two of Europe’s most musical cities.

November 25, 2017 at 8pm
Doctorow Center for the Arts, Hunter, NY (map)
Bridget Kibbey & the Sebastians
Bridget Kibbey & the Sebastians

Sensational harpist Bridget Kibbey, declared “a marvel” by The New York Times, will join forces with members of the Sebastians, an ensemble known for “elegant string playing… immaculate in tuning and balance” (Early Music Today). J.S. Bach’s monumental Toccata & Fugue in D minor will be part of their inspired program that re-imagines masterpieces of this Baroque master, adapted by Kibbey for harp and early-instrument string quartet.

October 8, 2017 at 2pm
Wave Hill, Bronx, NY (map)
on Parkville Classicals
February 16, 2018 at 7:30pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Hartford, CT (map)
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