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Cupid's Arrows - Baroque Italian Love Cantatas

Cupid's Arrows - Baroque Italian Love Cantatas

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  • Mon 1 Jun ’15, 5:00pm – 6:30pm


Orewa Arts & Events Centre, 76 Riverside Drive, Orewa


All Ages

During the time of Bach and Handel solo secular cantatas, sung usually by a soprano accompanied by harpsichord and one or more instruments, were the pop music of the day. Such cantatas were performed throughout Europe in private houses, taverns, coffee houses and larger concert rooms with the subject usually being the sweet suffering caused by Cupid, the god of love. Cantatas by Italian composers were particularly popular and the concert features four of these by Lotti, Mancini, Lignani and Aldrovandini as well as sonatas by Handel and Vivaldi. The music is extremely melodic and beautiful and can be immediately appreciated by modern audiences.

Hausmusik NZ is a professional chamber music ensemble performing mainly baroque music on period instruments. Repertoire includes chamber cantatas, instrumental sonatas, trios, vocal arias with or without instrumental accompaniment, and concert programmes have an individual design, often focusing on a particular theme.

Performers featured in the Cupid’s Arrows concert are Rita Paczian (mezzo and harpsichord), John Paczian-Green (baroque oboe) and Polly Sussex (baroque cello).

Entry $20, door sales only. The entry price includes one free glass of wine. For bookings email hausmusiknz@worldnet.co.nz.

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