SEASON 4

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

The Vauxhall Gardens!

Vauxhall Gardens

The Lewis Walpole Library Presents "The Vauxhall Gardens! " A Concert by New Vintage Baroque

Saturday, April 23, 2016

7 pm

The First Church of Christ, Congregational

75 Main Street, Farmington, Connecticut

Free and Open to the Public

The Lewis Walpole Library is delighted to introduce the first in a series of free chamber concerts featuring works from the Library's collection of eighteenth-century music, performed by the New York-based ensemble New Vintage Baroque.

The first performance, The Vauxhall Gardens!, will be held at the the First Church of Christ, Congregational, Farmington, on Saturday, April 23, at 7 p.m. New Vintage Baroque will be performing works by G. F. Handel, William Boyce,  Carl Friedrich Abel,  J. C. Bach, and catches performed at Vauxhall Gardens. 

Vauxhall Gardens, the first of the pleasure gardens in Georgian London, was a site of social gathering and artistic display, open from May through September. People from all sectors of the city's fashionable society met to enjoy the evening's theatricals, musical performances, and diverse other entertainments. 

New Vintage Baroque is an adventurous period instrument ensemble dedicated to the creation of a 21st-century repertoire for early instruments. Inviting audiences to examine their relationship with both the past and the present, their shows inventively weave together narration, new commissions, and music of the Baroque.

Yale University Library
The Lewis Walpole Library
154 Main Street
Farmington, CT 06032
Tel: 860-677-2140
Fax: 860-677-6369
www.library.yale.edu/walpole