St. Matthew’s Music Guild will present Chatham Baroque, one of the country’s premier baroque instrumental ensembles, at 8 p.m. on Friday, January 19, at St. Matthew’s Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called Chatham Baroque “one of Pittsburgh’s greatest treasures.”
The group will present “Awake Sweet Love: Songs and Suites of Olde England,” and features a core instrumental trio plus Pascale Beudin (soprano), Cynthia Black (baroque violin), David Morris (bass viol) and David Walker (theorbo and baroque guitar).
Along with songs and instrumental works by Johnson and Purcell, Chatham Baroque will offer a pair of “Royal Consort Sets” by William Lawes, arias from Purcell’s stage works “The Virtuous Wife” and “The Fairy Queen” and traditional “airs” including the beloved “Greensleeves.”
The core ensemble of Andrew Fouts (violin), Patricia Halverson (viola da gamba), and Scott Pauley (theorbo) cu- rate the finest of guest artists to perform with them throughout the season, allowing for repertoire ranging from well-known masterpieces to obscure gems.
The ensemble has recorded seven CDs on the Dorian label and three independent CDs on the Chatham Baroque label, the latest of which is “No Holds Barred.”
The concert is underwritten by the Edwin W. Pauley Foundation.
Admission is $35 and there are season passes.
For more information, visit MusicGuildOnline.org or call 310-573-7422.