Start the weekend right with great music in a relaxed setting

 

Welcome to

Happy Hour Chamber Concerts – Online!

During this time of pandemic we are continuing our mission to bring Early Music artists and appreciative audiences together in an intimate and informal setting. What’s different this season is that we are bringing this wonderful music into your home – or wherever else you want to hear it. Happy Hour Chamber Concerts is online this year. When you purchase a ticket, you will receive a link to a pre-recorded concert you can view online. We’ll even throw in the wine and snacks! Our artists and board members are sharing a favorite recipe and wine paring you can fix ahead of time to enjoy during the concert! Ten minutes after the end of the concert, you are invited to an hour-long video talk-back with the musicians and the rest of the audience. You can  click here to get a more complete picture of how HHCC Online works, along with some FAQs that will help you maximize your enjoyment of great music.

We know the best way to experience this incredible music is in live performance, but we hope these online concerts will help to create a happy hour or two while we all work to keep each other healthy. Our thanks to our incredible musicians and our wonderful patrons for making this possible!


 

Our last concert of the season

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 30
6:00 PM MDT

NOWELL
AND LEFFINGWELL

Cembali Gioiosi

 

Duo harpsichordists Wesley Leffingwell and Frank Nowell team up for a program of rare gems highlighting the rich and distinctive sound of two harpsichords. A Baroque panorama spanning two centuries of music, with selections by Gabrieli, Buxtehude, Picchi, LeRoux, Pachelbel, Mattheson, and Schuster. Frank and Wesley are calling their program “Cembali Gioiosi” (Happy Harpsichords) – a fitting and festive title for Happy Hour Concerts and a celebration of springtime!

You can learn more about Frank Nowell and Wesley Leffingwell by clicking on their names here.  And you can click here to purchase tickets.

 

Tickets will be on sale through Thursday, April 29; they will not be available for purchase the day of the concert.

Program

Canzon Primi Toni a 8 – Giovanni Gabrieli (1547-1612)

Ciacona in E Minor – Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Ballo ditto il Picchi (1619)Giovanni Picchi (1571-1643)

Suite in D Minor for Two Harpsichords – Gaspard LeRoux (c.1680-1707)
      Prelude
      Allemande la Vauvert
      Courante
      Sarabande
      Menuet
      Passepied

Sitio (1992) Serge Arcuri (b. 1959)

Aria Tertia from Hexachordum Apollinis – Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)

Sonata a Due Cembali – Johann Mattheson (1681-1764)

Variazioni per Due Cembali – Joseph Schuster (1748-1812)

 


                                                

An Encore encore

 

At the end of our 2016-2017 season, internationally-acclaimed tenor Nicholas Phan asked Happy Hour to help him produce several videos. We hosted a Happy Hour Encore to create an audience for his recording project, with limited seating and our Happy Hour ambience and setting. You can click here to see the invitation we sent out at that time. Recently, Nicholas shared with us two of the videos from that Encore performance and he has invited us to share them with you. They are a delight, and we hope you will enjoy them! Click on the titles below to see a description and the video. They remind us of an earlier time not long ago when we enjoyed live music, and they point us toward a hoped-for future not far away when we can be together again. Thank you, Nicholas, Ann Marie, and our Happy Hour patrons!

John Dowland: “Come, Heavy Sleep”

Alfonso Ferrabosco – “So, So, Leave Off this Last Lamenting Kiss”

 

 

What people are saying

  • “That was a wonderful concert – it seems the perfect format too. The timing was great too – we were able to go out after the concert, instead of having to rush through a dinner to make it in time”

 

  • “We find these concerts to be such a treat. They seem to help launch a few days of ease. The music is always first class and very engaging.”