Past Concerts

Past Concerts

Third Season – 2017 – 2018

Sunday, April 29, 2018, at 3 p.m.


A feast for the eyes as well as the ears, the highly decorated viols of Joachim Tielke will be featured on this concert of virtuoso duos from 18th-century Germany. Annalisa Pappano collaborates with Gail Ann Schroeder and Barbara Weiss to perform works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Gottlieb Graun and Christoph Schaffrath.

Sunday, November 19, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Angel and Devil

Gail Ann Schroeder and Barbara Weiss are joined by Holly Maurer, viola da gamba, and David Walker, theorbo, to present masterworks by the two opposing French Baroque icons of the viola da gamba, Marin Marais and Antoine Forqueray.

Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 3 p.m.

Rebel, Saint and Sinner

Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano; Jeanne Johnson and Jin Kim, Baroque violins; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord and organ, will perform the breathtaking Tombeau de M. de Lully by Jean-Féry Rebel, as well as exquisite vocal works by the saintly priest Benedictus Buns and notorious scoundrel Johann Rosenmüller.

Saturday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, July 15 at 3:00 p.m.

Bastille Day: A French Baroque Celebration

Bask in the rich sonority of 18th-century violins and violas da gamba with harpsichord while contemplating a few of the enigmas of musical life in France before and after the revolution:  Why are there so few original French harpsichords in existence today? Were any musicians beheaded during the storming of the Bastille? And who murdered the famous violinist Jean-Marie Leclair?

ABCs’ artistic director, Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, will be joined by Jeanne Johnson and Margaret Humphrey, Baroque violins; Webster Williams, viola da gamba; and Barbara Weiss, harpsichord, to perform works by Leclair, Marais and Couperin le Grand.

Second Season – 2016 – 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 3 p.m.


The mastery of seventeenth-century Flemish composers is sublime—their works are full of movement and color, as with their famous counterparts in the art world, such as Peter Paul Rubens. The arrival of Italian musician-composers who brought their own style from “beyond the mountains” had further influence on this musical milieu. Versatile and expressive recorder virtuoso Frances Blaker will perform solos and chamber works from this rich, lively repertoire.

Frances Blaker, recorder; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba, Barbara Weiss, harpsichord
Works by T. Merula, D. Castello, N. à Kempis

Sunday, November 20, 2016, at 3 p.m.

La bella più bella

The direction of vocal music was changed forever in early seventeenth-century Italy by the innovation of monody—the use of a single melodic line with accompaniment—from which opera developed. Radiant soprano Molly Quinn will breathe life into these ardent, expressive songs and laments, accompanied by the unique, compelling blend of theorbo, viola da gamba and lirone.

Molly Quinn, soprano; Annalisa Pappano, lirone; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; David Walker, theorbo and Baroque guitar
Works by Luigi Rossi, G. Frescobaldi, G.G. Kapsberger, Virgilio Mazzochi

Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 3 p.m.


Experience the brilliance of seventeenth-century southern German and Austrian instrumental music with dynamic Baroque violinist, Jeanne Johnson. Through their resplendent compositions, the virtuoso violinist-composers featured on this program immortalized this exciting and experimental time in the history of violin playing.

Jeanne Johnson, Baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da gamba; Barbara Weiss, harpsichord
Works by H.I. Biber, J.G. Walther, W. Young, N. Matteis