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L'Arte di Suonare

Virtuosic Music of 17th Century Italy

Cléa Galhano | recorder

Joseph Jones | dulcian

Donald Livingston | harpsichord

sunday, oct 15 | 3:00 pm
St. mary's episcopal church

The Stylus Fantasticus expresses the transfer of Italian virtuosity of the 17th century to the North in Germany. The author, scientist and inventor, a true baroque polymath, Athanasius Kircher describes the phenomenon in his book, Musurgia Universalis:

"The fantastic style is especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing, neither to any words nor to a melodic subject, it was instituted to display genius and to teach the hidden design of harmony and the ingenious composition of harmonic phrases and fugues. It is distributed in these forms: fantasia, ricercar, toccata, and sonata."

l'Arte di Suonare explores the beginnings of this style with works by Castello, de Selma, Merulo, Strozzi, and more.

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Cléa Galhano | recorder

Brazilian recorder player Cléa Galhano is an internationally renowned performer of early, contemporary and Brazilian music. Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician and soloist. Among several important Halls, Clea gave concerts at Wigmore Hall, London. Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York and Palazzo Santa Croce in Rome, always receiving acclaimed reviews. Ms. Galhano recently received the prestigious McKnight fellowship award, MSAB Cultural collaborative and MSAB Arts Initiative. She is the Music Director of the Recorder Orchestra of the Midwest, the Executive Artistic Director of the St. Paul Conservatory of Music, a faculty member at Macalester College, and recently appointed to the faculty of the Historical Performance Institute at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music.  Ms. Galhano has eight recordings available and she is the recipient of the National Arts Associate of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Joseph Jones, | dulcian

Joseph Jones began studying the bassoon at age 12 when his piano teacher suggested: "Joey, you might be good at the bassoon." Several years and many concerts later, Joe is a professional bassoonist now based in Manhattan.
Joe has a passion for early music and in 2013 he was awarded a McKnight Foundation “Next Step” grant to help purchase a baroque bassoon and explore his love of baroque music. After pursuing a graduate diploma in historical performance at the Juilliard school, Joe is kept busy playing with the J415 ensemble and other groups, including American Bach Soloists, Lyra Baroque Orchestra, and Bach Roots Festival.
For 5 years Joe served as the principal bassoonist with the Minnesota Sinfonia. While living in Minneapolis he was also the artistic director for the St. Paul Postal Band and music faculty at Normandale Community College. Joseph graduated summa cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Music, and the Master of Music degree in bassoon performance from the University of Minnesota. Among other academic honors Joe was a Berneking Fellow and was selected to perform as a concerto soloist three times.
Also passionate about new music, Joe has performed/recorded with rock, folk, and jazz, as well as art-music groups. His own compositions span a range of genres including collaborations with singers, songwriters, film makers, and choreographers.

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Donald Livingston | harpsichord

Donald Livingston is sought after for his performance on harpsichord, fortepiano, and organ, and collaborates with musicians from across the musical spectrum. Director of Ensemble Sprezzatura, he has been associate director of Consortium Carissimi and has performed with such ensembles as Bach Sinfonia (Washington DC), Musica Antigua (Panama City), La Donna Musicale (Boston), Lyra Baroque, the Bach Society of Minnesota, and Glorious Revolution Baroque, Minnesota Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as with soloists and collaborators Cléa Galhano, Maria Jette, Fernando Bustos, Immanuel Davis, Jacques Ogg, Elisabeth Wright, Joel Frederiksen, Barthold Kuijken, and Dame Emma Kirkby. A finalist in the 2017 McKnight Fellowship, his current endeavors are focused on developing the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, which he founded in 2014. After two years as organist at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas and Lecturer of Organ and Harpsichord at the University of Texas  at Austin Butler School of Music, he is currently organist and music director at Grace Episcopal Cathedral (Topeka, KS), executive director of the Sunflower Music Festival at Washburn University, and keyboardist for the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

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