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Chamber concert will feature Corelli concerto

November 27, 2018

Rochester Chamber Music Society will celebrate Christmas with a string orchestra and a concerto that has mysterious origins.

The concert is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church, 400 Fifth Ave. SW.

The concerto in question is Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto Grosso, described by the composer as “made for the night of Christmas.”

The six-movement piece was published posthumously in 1714, the year after Corelli’s death. Scholars are uncertain, though, as to when Corelli actually wrote it. There is speculation he could have performed the concerto as early as 1690 for Cardinal Pietro Ottoboni.

In any event, the concerto has become perhaps Corelli’s most famous work, and the concluding Pastorale Largo is especially highly regarded.

To perform this master work, RCMS has recruited string musicians who have played with the Rochester Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and other orchestras around the world, and who have a variety of teaching posts.

Michal Sobieski, Elizabeth Sobieski, Luke Miksanek, Caitlin Smith and Tomohiko Yamada are the violinists. Tamas Strasser and Angel Falu-Garcia are the violists. Scott Lykins and Stephen Pelkey are the cellists, with Robert S.P. Gardner on bass, Catherine Ramirez on flute, and Horacio Nuguid on piano.

In addition to the Corelli concerto, the program consists of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from “The Four Seasons,” and J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.

Admission is free.

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