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Henry Purcell: Selections from Dido and Aeneas 

It was the Dog Days of summer, so what better time to mount an opera? And so Pegasus Early Music did just that, staging Henry Purcell's only opera, Dido and Aeneas in August, 2017 at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center. While Pegasus Early Music is known for its chamber concert series, Artistic Director Deborah Fox saw Purcell's opera as an extension of chamber music, with a small orchestra and a large cast.

Monteverdi:  Con che soavita
                            Si ch'io vorrei morire                      
                            Zefiro torna e di soave

There wasn't a cake big enough to fit all the candles for Monteverdi's birthday, so Pegasus Early Music celebrated in song for his 450th. The party, which happened in the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, featured sopranos Laura Heimes and Shari Alise Wilson; mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken;  tenors Andrew Fuchs and Jonas Budris; and bass Steven Hrycelak. Joining them were lutenists Dan Swenberg and Deborah Fox, along with David Morris playing cello and lirone.

The opera community has a lot going on, and by popular demand, we're staging an intervention. If you've resisted opera's charms, we'll see if we can figure out why, and how to turn you into an opera fan.

Our guests:

Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies

Beethoven:  Quintet for Piano and winds in E-flat major, Op. 16

 Malcom Bilson, fortepiano

Cambini Winds:
Geoffrey Burgess, oboe
Eric Hoeprich, clarinet
Todd Williams, horn
Marc Vallon, bassoon

Strozzi: Lagrime mie
Cazzati: Balletto e Corrente Quarta
Strozzi: Con le belle non ci vol fretta

Pegasus Early Music presented the concert Barbara’s Venice on September 25, 2016 at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 Fitzhugh St.
In these selections from the concert we hear Laura Heimes, soprano; Luthien Brackett, alto; Andrew Fuchs, tenor; Andrew Padgett, bass; Daniel Swenberg and Deborah Fox, lutes and theorbo.

Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Sonata Sesta
Julie Andrijeski, Boel Gidholm, violins; Beiliang Zhu, viola da gamba; Leon Shelhase, harpsichord; Deborah Fox, theorbo

Recorded October 30, 2016 at the Downtown United Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY in a concert entitled "Fantasticus."

What’s Fantasticus??? The Fantastic Style in music is related to the art of improvisation, and was described as “…especially suited to instruments. It is the most free and unrestrained method of composing, it is bound to nothing…it was instituted to display genius” (Kircher).

She was a most extraordinary woman: the most prolific composer in mid-17th century Venice; a much-praised poet and singer; a property owner when most women were not. On Friday, September 23, Pegasus Early Music joins producer and host Julia Figueras to showcase Strozzi's unique and passionate voice.

Tune in at 1 PM for an hour of sacred, secular, vocal and instrumental music by Strozzi and her Venetian contemporaries, including Cavalli, Castello, and others.