Here are highlights from our previous seasons

June 9, 2023


“Amores Rojos” (Red Loves)


Jon Wasserman introduces us to the lyrical and musical world of the 16th and 17th century Hispanic diaspora, highlighting works for the vihuela and baroque guitar. The music comes from 16th century Iberia and 17th century Spain, Peru, Mexico, and Chile and includes virtuosic fantasies (fantasias), dances (danzas), variations (diferencias), interspersed with renaissance villancicos and intabulations of vocal music as well as tonos humanos, a genre of accompanied song from the baroque. The first half of the program features music from the renaissance performed on the vihuela, and the second half from the baroque performed on the baroque guitar.

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Fantasía 10 del quarto tono – Luis de Narváez (fl.1526 – 1549)

Con qué la lavaré  – Diego Pisador (1509/10? – after 1557), based upon music by Juan Vázquez (1500-1560)

Fantasía 12 del tercero y quarto tono – Luis Milán (c. 1500 – c. 1561)

Canción del Emperador, Mille regres – Narváez, based upon music by Josquin de Prez (c. 1500 – c. 1561)

Fantasía 11 del primer y segundo tono – Milán

Villancico 4 quien amores ten – Milán

Si la noche haze escura – Pisador, based upon music by Francisco Guerrero (1528-1599)

Baroque Guitar

Cumbées – Santiago de Murcia (1673-1739)

Entre dos alamos verdes – anon.

Aquella sierra nevada – José Marin (ca. 1619 – 1699)

Marizapalos – Murcia

Ojos pues me desdeñáis – Marin

Jacara – Murcia

Yo se que no ha de ganar – anon.

May 12, 2023


“The Spirit of Improvisation”


The adventurous and dynamic duo Corde à vide—violinist Jubal Fulks and harpsichordist Lorna Peters—will present “The Spirit of Improvisation,” a program of sonatas, chaconnes and preludes featuring the music of Corelli, Purcell, Bertali, Couperin and Biber. Their concert repertoire, which spans over a century of Baroque music, exemplifies the spontaneous, improvisatory character of this period, and will showcase the startling, cosmopolitan harmonic language of the 17th century, the rich complexity of the German baroque, the exhilarating virtuosity and dramatic flair of the Italian writing, and the sumptuous textures unique to the French style. HHCC Board member Ron Roschke joins them for a conversation exploring the artistry of improvisation.

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Prelude in E minor for solo harpsichord – Johann Caspar Ferdinand Fischer
      (c. 1656-1746)
Sonata for Violin and Continuo in E minor, Op. 5, No. 8 – Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)


Unmeasured Prelude in G minor for solo harpsichord –  Jean-Henri d’Anglebert
Passacaglia in G minor for Solo Violin – Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1706)


Music for a While – Henry Purcell (1659-1695)


Unmeasured Prelude in C major for solo harpsichord – Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Chaconne in C major for Violin and Continuo – Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)

April 21, 2023

Biber, Whitney, Mausbach, Patterson

Carole Whitney, Sarah Biber, Heidi Mausbach, and Erin Patterson

“Baroque, Bass Clef, and the Bottom Line”

Bravo Cello brings us music that showcases the versatility of Baroque music and the violoncello. This eclectic program treats us to solos, duos, trios, and quartets played on this sonorous string instrument – a real April treat!

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Sonata in D Minor – Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)

Duo II, op. 4  –Tomasso Giordani (c. 1730-1806)
     Allegro tamborino

Pieces – Louis Couperin (1626-1661), arr. Bissinger
     Les Baricades Misterieuses

Trio Sonata for Three – Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713), arr. Espinoza

Both Alike (duo) – Michael East (ca. 1580-1648)

Sonata op. 8, no. 12 (duo) – Willem de Fesch (1687-1761)

Three Airs for Four Celli – Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767), arr. Bissinger
     Allegro spirituoso

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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