Here are highlights from our current season

February 10, 2023

Carla Sciaky, Ben Cohen, Miriam Rosenblum, and Sarah Biber

“A Love Affair”

A greeting from Sémplice: “In honor of the upcoming Valentine’s Day holiday, please join us as we celebrate love! From the yearning for love that is elusive to the pain of a languishing love; from a sacred prayer of loving devotion to a wordless aria of love, these Renaissance and Baroque songs of John Dowland, Abraham Casseres, Firminus Caron, Nicola Matteis, Claude de Sermisy and more, celebrate the broad sweep of the amorous. And because we always play music that we as musicians have fallen in love with, the rest of this concert’s repertoire is a musical offering of love, selections by Johann Sebastian Bach that stir our hearts. We hope they do the same for you!”

The Performers 
     Carla Sciaky, violin,viola da gamba, guitar, and voice
Ben Cohen, lute and keyboard
     Miriam Rosenblum, recorders and clarinet
Sarah Biber, viola da gamba

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“Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite” (1597)John Dowland (c. 1563-1626)


Aria Amorosa (1685)Nicola Matteis (fl. c. 1650-after 1713)


Sonata of 3 parts, #1 (1683)Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Amesiah” (c.  1730)Abraham Casseres (fl. 1718-1740)


Trio Sonata #3 in D minor for Organ, BWV 527 (c.  1730)J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750)
     Adagio e dolce


“Content Desir” – Thomas Crecquillon (1505-1557)

“C’est Temps Perdue D’être en Amour” (15th century) Firminus Caron (fl. 1460–1475)

“Mon Cueur Gist Tousjours en Langueur” (1538) Claudin de Sermisy (c. 1490-1562)

“Content Desir” – de Sermisy


O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden” (after Hans Leo Hassler, 1729) J.S. Bach
…followed by a final surprise love song….

October 21, 2022

Barbara Hamilton, Paul Primus, Sarah Biber, Sarah Graf, and Karl Reque

“Twilight Zone”

Colorado Chamber Players return to live performance at Happy Hour Chamber Concerts with a wonderful Halloween treat! A delightfully haunted evening awaits, with strange and supernatural music of the Baroque era, by Marin Marais, Anthony Holborne, Henry Purcell, from the Gottweig Archive, and Giuseppe Tartini. Actor Chris Kendall will read short poems about the supernatural by Emily Dickinson, Robert Herrick, Moya Cannon, and William Shakespeare.

The Performers
     Barbara Hamilton, Viola d’amore, Baroque violin
     Paul Primus, Baroque violin and Harpsichord
     Sarah Biber, Viola da gamba
     Sarah Graf, Viola da gamba
     Karl Reque, Baroque viola, Viola da gamba

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The Night Watch, mixed consort – Antony Holborne (1545-1602)

Suite #19 from the Gottweig archive, Viola d’amore and continuo – probably by Heinrich Biber (1644-1704)
Four part Fantasia in E Minor for broken consort – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
Tableau de l’Opération de la Taille (“Description of a Bladder Surgery”) – Marin Marais (1656-1728)
The Funeralls, mixed consort – Holborne
Devil’s Trill sonata (1713), arr. for violin and ensemble – Giuseppe Tartini (1692-1770)

September 23, 2022

Linda Lunbeck, Elena Mathys, and Sarah Biber

“Fairest Isle”

Several Friends – Sarah Biber, Linda Lunbeck, and Elena Mathys – perform Henry Purcell’s famous aria, “Fairest Isle,” written for the semi-opera King Arthur, which recounts the battles between the Britons and the Saxons.  The song is a celebration of the Britons, their homeland, and their victory over the Saxons, beginning, “Fairest Isle, all isles excelling….”  In this program, Several Friends celebrates composers of Baroque England: Matthew Locke, Thomas Lupo, Henry Purcell, Andrew Parcham, Tobias Hume, and G.F. Händel, spanning the Elizabethan era through the tumult and splendor of the Restoration.


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“Fairest Isle,” from King Arthur – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Suite No. 8 in D Minor, from For Severall Friends – Matthew Locke  (1621/22-1677)

Sonata No. 5 in B-flat Major HWV 377 (1725) – George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

Love’s Farewell, from Captain Humes Musicall Humors (1605) – Tobias Hume (1569-1645)

Ground in C Minor, ZD 221, from Cambridge MS Mus 653 – Purcell (possibly William Croft 1678-1727)

Fantasia a 3 [D Minor] for 3 Bass Viols – Thomas Lupo (the elder) (1571-1628)

Solo [G Major], from  40 Airs Angloise & Trois Sonates – Andrew Parcham (flourished c. 1700)
      Poco Allegro
      Allegro – Adagio – Presto – Adagio – Spicato – Largo – Allegro

Sonata No. 1 in G Minor HWV 360 (1725-26)Handel

September 9, 2022



We begin our eleventh season with an opportunity to hear a concert we needed to postpone during the pandemic. Ann Marie Morgan and Harumi Rhodes offer us a wonderful treat in a concert featuring music from 17th century Italy, several of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, and a composition for scordatura viol and voice brought to life during the pandemic.


      Ann Marie Morgan,
viola da gamba and voice
      Harumi Rhodes , violin
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Celeste Giglio  Fabrizio Caroso (1526/31 – 1605)

Sinfonia for treble and bass instruments Alessandro Stradella (1643 – 1682)
      Tutti senza titolo

Meditation on the Mandorla for scordatura viol and voiceAnn Marie Morgan (1960 – )

From The Goldberg Variations (BWV 998) – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)
      Opening Aria
      Variation 27 Canone alla nona
      Variation 25 adagio
      Variation 7 al tempo di Giga

Sonata prima a Soprano solo Dario Castello (1602 – 1631)
      Allegro, Presto,  Allegro, Adagio, Allegro, Allegro, Adagio

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