Repast Baroque Ensemble Returns with Birth of Pop Music Next Wednesday

The Repast Baroque Ensemble – in photo above, clockwise from top right: Amelia Roosevelt, violin; Sarah Stone, viola da gamba and cello; Gabe Shuford, harpsichord; and Stephanie Corwin, bassoon – return to McKinney Chapel, First Unitarian Church, 116 Pierrepont Street, next Wednesday evening, January 15, starting at 7:30 p.m. Their concert will be:

A musical portrait of 18th Century London.

During political upheaval in England, music-making shifted away from the courts and into the public arena. Musicians became freelancers and entrepreneurs, and developed their marketing savvy in order to survive. With works by Abel, J.C. Bach, Felice Giardini, Handel and Geminiani.

I’ll take some license and assert that this was the birth of “pop” music. After all, what is that but music created by professional musicians and composers for popular taste, as opposed to music created for aristocratic or courtly taste, or folk music arising from the people themselves.

The McKinney Chapel is ADA accessible. For more information call 347-453-9137. You may purchase tickets here. Tickets are also available at the door (cash preferred).

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