Welcome to Music at Incarnate Word
Founded under the leadership of Music Director Rick Erickson, continued with James E. Bobb and Michael Unger, and now directed by Thatcher Lyman, this series has been both a part of Incarnate Word’s ministry and the vibrant cultural scene in the city of Rochester for over 35 years.
Please visit our Calendar page for upcoming events in the 36th season of Music at Incarnate Word.
Saturday, May 6th – 8:00 p.m.
Publick Musick presents
Friday May 5, 7:30 pm
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
28 Lincoln Avenue, Pittsford, NY
Saturday May 6, 8:00 pm
Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word
597 East Avenue, Rochester, NY
Admission: $50 Patron (includes tax-deductable donation); $20 General; $10 Student/Low Income
Age 17 and under free!
Eighteenth-century Paris was one of the great centers of European arts and culture, and a hotbed of intellectual and social ferment. The ideas of the philosophes and the latest literary and artistic achievements were discussed in the many salons hosted by cosmopolitan and intellectually curious (and wealthy) Parisians. The musical salon was no exception, and the latest music from all over Europe could be heard there. According to a traveler’s report from 1723 providing a list of concerts in private homes (some of which hosted performances as often as once a week), one could hear a concert every day in Paris. The many publishing houses, some with close links to publishers in other European cities, assured a steady supply of musical prints for these concerts.
These musical salons hosted local as well as visiting musicians, composers as well as performers. Georg Philipp Telemann, the most famous German composer of his lifetime, held a lifelong admiration for French music, and it appears that his only travel outside of the German-speaking lands was a visit to Paris in 1737, at the invitation of several renowned Parisian musicians. When Telemann wrote his Nouveaux Quatuors en Six Suites (now known as the “Paris Quartets”), famously premiered in Paris to great acclaim by the finest musicians of the day, with Telemann himself in the audience, his music was already known and loved in the city.
You will hear one of these Paris Quartets of Telemann in these concerts, as well as other musique de chambre written or published in 18th-century Paris. The program will include a cello sonata by the French virtuoso Jean Barrière, a sonata for keyboard and violin by the Afro-French violinist, composer and fencing master le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, music by Vivaldi, Rameau, and more!