The Characters and the Catch

Lewis Walpole Library presents New Vintage Baroque “The Characters and the Catch”

Inspired by the “Character Mongers” fall exhibition at the Lewis Walpole Library, New Vintage Baroque presents an evening of Characters and the Catch. The 18th century saw rise to the most historic and prosperous middle class. Master craftsmen, merchants, joiners, tailors, brewers, tutors, clothiers and professionals alike labored hard and played even harder. Leisure time activities became a force unto themselves and music was at the very top.  

The masses flocked to opera houses, theaters, churches, music clubs, and pleasure gardens. Thanks to the printing press, collections of the most popular arias, airs, catches, rounds and glees were at everyones fingertips. To keep up with the demand for entertainment amateur musicians played part books filled with sonatas, duets and trio sonatas. But these weren't your average amateurs, these musicians were almost as exceptional as the music they were playing.

Venue: First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington CT.

Date: 23 September 2016