The Baroque Room
Lunchtime Concert Series: Voice of the Baroque
Admission is FREE
Marc Levine, baroque violin
Tulio Rondón, viola da gamba
Tami Morse, harpsichord
Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano
Recitative and aria is the vocal form that defines the baroque era of music. We explore the expectations set and sometimes upended through the works of Handel, Caldara, and J. S. Bach with mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski.
PROGRAM (selected from)
HANDEL Selections from the German Arias
HANDEL Cantata: Mi Palpita
CALDARA Vicino a un Rivoletto
J. S. BACH Arias from BWV 146 and 86
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018–2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich, March 2017, Clara was the very first American prize winner, placing second at Thomas Quasthoff’s Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany. In September, the duo was also one of four to reach the finals in the prestigious Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation Song Competition in London, and Clara was awarded the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder. She recently won the Radio-Canada People’s Choice Award and third place in the song division at the 2018 Concours Musical International de Montréal. Active also as an educator, Clara has enjoyed giving masterclasses at several universities. She was also the guest artist in residence at Indiana State University’s 50th Contemporary Music Festival. Clara also teaches on the faculty at Aspen Music Festival’s Professional Choral Institute in partnership with Seraphic Fire. Please see www.claraosowski.com for more information.
Flying Forms, formed in 2005, is a baroque chamber music ensemble based in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Core members include Marc Levine, baroque violin, Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba, and Tami Morse, harpsichord. In Saint Paul, the group presents its own series of concerts each year at The Baroque Room, a performance space the group created in 2011. Recent programs include complete sets of the Rameau harpsichord concerti, Corelli violin sonatas, J. S. Bach sonatas for violin or viola da gamba with obligato harpsichord, as well as larger programs featuring Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, the triple harpsichord concerti of J.S. Bach, and Handel’s The Messiah. Past performances have included concerts in notable venues and series including New York’s Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, the DaeJeon Baroque music festival in Seoul, South Korea, and the Boston Early Music Festival, where the group produced a fully-staged production of Henry Purcell’s opera, Dido and Aeneas . A strong advocate for early music education, Flying Forms has lectured and performed at colleges and secondary schools, been in residence with Lawrence University, the University of Wisconsin (Eau Claire), Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and Minnesota Public Radio as Class Notes artists. In these residencies, the group taught masterclasses, coached baroque orchestras and chamber ensembles, performed in side-by-side concerts, gave classroom presentations, and ran a complete summer program in baroque music performance. Flying Forms has been heard regularly on Minnesota Public Radio and is in demand as recitalists in the Twin Cities and across the region. The group also performs contemporary music written for historical instruments and has commissioned many new works for the ensemble or solo harpsichord. A testament to their commitment to new music is their debut CD, New Music for Old Instruments, featuring the music of Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul. Flying Forms is committed to being a presence that transforms communities and inspires expression through excellence in performance, innovative education, and creative collaboration.