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Pegasus Early Music

Celebrate the holiday season with 17th century flair with A Baroque Noel. Join Rochester’s Pegasus Early Music for seasonal baroque gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra.

The one-hour program, hosted by WXXI’s Mona Seghatoleslami, features Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de Minuit pour Noel. Acclaimed lutenist Paul O'Dette leads an ensemble of sought-after musicians from across the country in this grand Christmas mass that quotes many popular Christmas carols of the 1600s. The program is rounded out with virtuosic concertos for oboe and mandolin by Vivaldi, as well as French Christmas carols.

Lutenist Michael Leopold joins Deborah Fox for some lute duets in this first program of our new series.  We'll also hear from the Gateways Festival Orchestra, musicians of the Geneva Music Festival and Madrigalia performing with Cordancia Chamber Orchestra.

In his day, Marc-Antoine Charpentier was prolific, popular and, unlike so many composers, not lacking for funds. He wrote in virtually every genre - oratorios, motets, even theatre music - but one of his most beloved works was his Christmas Mass, or Messe di minuit pour Noel. A regular offering in our Holiday Songbook, this is no somber sacred work. Charpentier used at least ten carols in his Mass, making it as dancelike as it is devout. 

Time for math! Pegasus Early Music started this season with a concert called Viol Cubed featuring, in case you didn't already guess, three brilliant viol da gamba players: David Morris, Lisa Terry, and Beiliang Zhu.

Let's hear it for the ladies! On March 2, 2020,  Pegasus Early Music presented "Nevertheless, She Persisted" in Downtown United Presbyterian Church--a concert of women playing works by women.

Pegasus Early Music is celebrating its 15th season, but Artistic Director Deborah Fox decided to give us a present: A Baroque Noel. In December, 2019, master lutenist Paul O'Dette took to the podium to lead a chamber choir and Baroque orchestra for an evening celebratory Christmas concert that left the audience cheering.

Pegasus Early Music is about to begin Season 15. Founder and Artistic Director Deborah Fox has rounded up three brilliant viola da gamba players to begin this landmark season. David Morris, Lisa Terry, and Beiliang Zhu will all be in our studios to play, and to chat with host Julia Figueras. It's a performance that will be simply viol, Friday September 20 at 1 PM.  The show repeats on Sunday, September 22 at 1 PM.

Venice in the 17th century was an extraordinary time, filled with innovations in science, art, and music. In November, 2018, Pegasus Early Music and Artistic Director Deborah Fox, took us back in time to hear some of the composers of that era, with a special spotlight on Barbara Strozzi.

Mastering one instrument is hard. Mastering a second is harder still.  Playing both in concert? Formidable.

Mastering one instrument is hard. Mastering a second is harder still.  Playing both in concert? Formidable.