From its press release. More later from me:
Renaissance & Baroque: Bringing Early Music to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (March 18, 2013) – Renaissance and Baroque, celebrating 45 years of
bringing the best in early music to Pittsburgh, announces its 2013-2014 season. R&B will present a six-
R&B 2013-2014 Season: “Bach Runs Through It”
Flanders Recorder Quartet
Ingrid Matthews & Byron Schenkman
All concerts are held on Saturday nights at 8:00 PM in Synod Hall (125 N. Craig Street, Oakland) except
for Stile Antico which is presented at and in association with Calvary Episcopal Church (315 Shady
Avenue) in Shadyside.
Subscription prices range from $36-$180, depending on seating and number of concerts in the package.
Single tickets are $35, $30, and $20 ($10 with full-time student ID). Discounts are available for seniors
and groups of 8 or more. R&B will again offer the Balcony Flex Plan of 6 vouchers for $105 and the
First Floor Flex plan for $165. These vouchers can be exchanged for seats at concerts in any
The R&B season opens OCTOBER 12 with the Grammy award winning ensemble Stile Antico, who
are back by popular demand performing The Phoenix Rising. The current popularity of English
Renaissance choral music owes much to the groundbreaking work of the Carnegie Trust, which
celebrates its centenary in 2013. In 1922, the Trust inaugurated the Tudor Church Music edition – a
series of hugely influential volumes, unearthing a wealth of extraordinary music that had languished
unperformed for centuries. Stile Antico celebrates this remarkable legacy with a program entirely drawn
from these publications, including masterpieces by Taverner, Tallis, Gibbons and White. Crowning the
program is the exquisite five-part Mass by William Byrd, whose modern reputation as the greatest
composer of the English Renaissance was founded on these pioneering editions. Presented in
collaboration with Calvary Episcopal Church (315 Shady Avenue).
On NOVEMBER 2, Flanders Recorder Quartert, the world’s foremost recorder quartet (4 musicians,
40 recorders), returns to Pittsburgh for A Musical Banquet with J. S .Bach , a delightful program inspired
by their boundless admiration for J.S. Bach. Original arrangements of works by the German master
comprise the first half and in the second we are invited to dine on delectable ‘courses’ – early and
contemporary – inspired by Chef Bach.
Piffaro returns to the R&B series on DECEMBER 7 for Drive the Cold Winter Away. The ever-
shortening days in November and December before the Winter Solstice call out for a defense against the
darkness and the cold, and what could provide a better antidote than singing, dancing, and music-
making! Piffaro’s program includes songs and dances that celebrate the various traditions of the season,
from hymns and chorale settings for Advent by Michael Praetorius to delightful Sephardic tunes for
Hannukah, from English songs and ballads to lively dances and popular tunes from across the continent,
all set to Piffaro’s wonderful array of shawms, sackbuts, dulcians, recorders, bagpipes, lute and harp.
The incomparable soprano Laura Heimes joins Piffaro for this program of seasonal delights.
R&B welcomes Les Délices to Synod Hall on JANUARY 18 for the program Myths and Allegories.
The Odyssey’s hero Ulysses survives storms at sea, shipwrecks, the tantalizing allure of siren songs, and
encounters with the Cyclopes – all set to music – in this colorful, fantastic program based on Les
Délices’ acclaimed second CD. Works by Jean-Féry Rebel, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and Thomas-
Louis Bourgeois, and more.
Ingrid Matthews and Byron Schenkman make their R&B debut on FEBRUARY 16 performing The
Bach Standard. The Sonatas for violin and harpsichord of J.S. Bach represent a microcosm of what
makes the great composer great: exquisitely beautiful melodies, rich counterpoint, perfect formal
structure, and an unparalleled breadth of expression. Violinist Ingrid Matthews and harpsichordist
Byron Schenkman have been probing this magnificent repertoire together for over 20 years, dazzling
audiences with the intensity and passion of their performances and establishing themselves among the
top Bach interpreters of their generation.
On MARCH 15 Juilliard Baroque performs Salon/Sanctuary Concerts. Distinguished members of
faculty of the Juilliard Historical Performance program are individually award-winning recitalists,
Grammy-nominated recording artists, soloists, and/or principals with every major international early
music ensemble. Here they join together in a virtuoso conversation of brilliant German trio and solo
sonatas by G.F. Handel, both C.P.E. and his father J.S. Bach, and the mysterious and wonderful 17th-
century Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.
The Pittsburgh Music Alliance, of which R&B is a member, will present a 12-hour all-Bach marathon
on Saturday, MAY 10, 2014 at Calvary Episcopal Church. Details will follow at a later date.
On NOVEMBER 9 Renaissance & Baroque together with the American Musicological Society will
present the Medieval trio Sequentia. Details to follow at a later date.