A Scots Musical Museum
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

A six-volume set, the Scots Musical Museum (1787-1803) was a collaboration between music engraver James Johnson and poet Robert Burns (the much celebrated “Bard of Ayrshire”). These 600 old Scottish tunes became wildly popular internationally, with many songs such as Aud Lang Syne, My Luve’s like a red, red rose, and Comin’ Thro the Rye, still much-cherished today. Singers Nils Brown and Donna Brown will lead a team of versatile instrumentalists whose classical and folk music interests collide, and the show will also include readings by Tam ‘O’ Shanter champion and Burns aficionado, Ronnie O’Byrne.

Nils Brown – tenor and guitar
Donna Brown – soprano
Kate Bevan-Baker – violin
David Gossage – flute
Joëlle Morton – bass
Dorothéa Ventura – harpsichord
Ronnie O’Byrne – narrator

The Singing Cello
Saturday, January 12, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

Giuseppe Maria Dall'Abaco (1710–1805) and Antonio Vandini (1690–1778)—two extremely famous virtuoso cellists of the Italian Baroque, and yet their gorgeous music is almost completely unknown to players and audiences today. Vandini was the cello teacher at La Pietà in Venice alongside Vivaldi, where he played the cello using an underhand bow grip, like a viola da gamba. His pyrotechnic writing goes so high on the cello, you’d almost imagine he conceived this music for the violin… After devoting the past few years to these composers and their playing techniques, superstar Elinor Frey will prove it CAN be done, with both style and aplomb.

Elinor Frey – violoncello
Joëlle Morton – G violone
Lucas Harris  – archlute


Red Priest
Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00 p.m.

The music of Vivaldi is increasingly in the air and fortunately, his chamber cantatas (there are 40 of them, though only five for alto voice) are at long last getting the attention they deserve. These innovative mini-masterpieces each pack a punch, with intriguing texts that range from plaintive to seductive to vengeful. Several of their continuo parts are particularly well suited for another of the Red Priest’s favourite instruments—no, not the violin, but rather the bassoon! Neil Chen blows in to his hometown as wind instrument soloist for this show, to join forces with our own ginger-haired locals, Daniel Cabena and Paul Jenkins.

Daniel Cabena – countertenor
Neil Chen – bassoon
Joëlle Morton – viola da gamba
Paul Jenkins – keyboard

Rowlandson - Opera Singers 1790
Nils Brown
Donna Brown
Kate Bevan-Baker
David Gossage
Dorothéa Ventura
Lucas Harris
Neil Chen
Elinor Frey
Morgan Library ms - Youth with a Cello c1700
Daniel Cabena
Antonio Vivaldi caricature 1723
Paul Jenkins