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Beautiful Italian Sonatas for Cello

  • The Baroque Room 275 East 4th Street #280 Saint Paul, MN 55101 USA (map)

Charles Asch, cello
Beautiful Italian Sonatas for Cello

$15 | $10 Students | Under 18 FREE

Charles Asch, baroque cello
Cassidy Miller, baroque cello
Bruce Jacobs, harpsichord

Sonatas for Cello and Harpsichord by composers of the Italian Baroque, Rococo and Galant styles, c. 1730-1750.  Featuring Vivaldi's anguished 6th Cello Sonata, the close of his 6 Sonatas Op. 14 published in Paris, 1740. Geminiani's brilliant but short Sonata in A minor (1746), and cellist virtuoso Lanzetti's Sonata in D major "After an Easy and Elegant Taste" (c.1750) complete the program of "Beautiful Italian Cello Sonatas."

Sonata VI in B-flat Major,  Op. 14 for Cello and Basso Continuo (pub. 1740, Paris) - Antonio Vivaldi
Sonata VI in A minor, Op. 5 for Cello and Basso Continuo (pub. 1746, Paris) - Francesco Geminiani
Sonata V in D major for 2 Cellos and Basso Continuo, from "6 Solos after an Easy and Elegant Taste" - Salvatore Lanzetti

Charles Asch completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Minnesota this May 2017. He received his master’s degree at Juilliard. Dr. Asch performs solo and chamber music recitals of varied character and style, from Bach and Brahms to contemporary works. He performs on a Baroque cello from c. 1710 Vienna, with a baroque bow by Cristopher English. His ensemble work includes performances with Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Minnesota Bach Society and the Minnesota Opera. Dr. Asch is currently cello faculty at UW-River Falls, MacPhail Center for Music and Mount Calvary Academy of Music. Aside from cello, he studied both piano and voice. He is currently a member of the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Choir, which performs each Sunday on music ranging from works by Duruflé, Faure and renaissance composers such at Tomás Luis de Victoria.

Cassidy Miller studied Music Performance at Roosevelt University, Chicago College of Performing Arts. There she studied under members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Katz and Richard Hirschl. Cassidy studied Baroque cello at Oberlin’s Baroque Performance Institute as well as at the Twin Cities Baroque Instrumental Program. Since moving to Minnesota, Cassidy has begun to perform with the North Star Viols and the Twin Cities Early Music Collective on Tenor Viol, and sings in the Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Choir.

Bruce Jacobs is heard frequently in the Twin Cities, having performed with the Waltham Abbey Singers, Ensemble Polaris, Bach Society of Minnesota, University of Minnesota ensembles, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Elm Ensemble, Hymnus, Rose Ensemble, Consortium Carissimi, the National Lutheran Choir and the Fargo Moorhead Symphony. He was a founding member of Banchetto Musicale, the long-standing baroque ensemble based in Fargo-Moorhead. Jacobs studied pipe organ performance with Ruth Berge at Concordia College in Moorhead and continuo through the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. He is Chief Technologist at Twin Cities Public Television.

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