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#PickoftheWeek | Baroque bows, Flemish harpsichords, and real gut strings
It’s time to party like it’s 1599.
Queens Concert will present Carnival of the Baroque Animals at St. Mark’s Church in Jackson Heights on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 7 pm.
This ensemble, the borough’s first and only orchestra dedicated to Baroque Era music, will offer works that describe animals in nature. This will include pieces by Telemann, Biber, Farino, Handel, and Rameau. The theme is inspired by St. Francis of Assisi’s annual October Feast and Blessing of the Animals, and some sounds might recall frogs, birds, and cats.
The concert will last about one hour with no intermission and a reception with wine afterward.
Admission is $20, but students and seniors pay $10 and children under age 10 can attend for $5. St. Mark’s Church is at 33-50 82nd St.
Members of Queens Consort, which was founded in 2015, play the same recorders, manual harpsichords, and string instruments with real gut strings that were used in Europe between about 1600 and 1750 AD. This includes Baroque bows, which are larger than contemporary ones.
Members come from all over the world. Margrét Hjaltested, the co-founder and violinist, hails from Reykjavík, Iceland. The other co-founder, Texan Claire Smith Bermingham, has performed viola “Saturday Night Live” and “The View.” Southern Japan native Aya Hamada handles the harpsichord, while Interlochen Arts Academy graduate Dan McCarthy is a virtuoso with viola and violin, and Anneke Schaul-Yoder cranks the cello.
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