Scaramella presents chamber music concerts on period instruments, showcasing accomplished and artful musicians from Canada and abroad in intimate, one-of-a-kind performances of the highest caliber. The roster changes from concert to concert, enabling a wide range of musical styles and periods, with artists renowned for their individual areas of solo expertise, but also for the dynamism they bring to a chamber ensemble. Focusing on the beguiling character and immediacy of period instruments, we revel in the exploration of lesser-known, but sumptuous music, that evokes bygone cultures, traditions and eras.
For 2014-2015, our theme is ‘foursomes’ and in particular, ones that comprise unusual combinations of instruments. We begin the season with a program centred on the music of William Lawes, a committed Royalist who died defending king and country in 1645. Towards the end of his career, he composed a series of remarkable and engaging pieces for the unprecedented mix of harp, violin, bass viol and theorbo. For the second program, we cross the Channel to focus on luscious Germanic music of church and chamber for countertenor accompanied by two obbligato violas da gamba and organ continuo. And the final concert of the season brings celebrated American baroque flutist Kim Pineda to Toronto for a program based on Georg Philipp Telemann’s flamboyant Paris Quartets and the four French musicians who first performed them. Do please join us for this ‘quadressential’ early music celebration!