Here are highlights from our previous concerts

October 6, 2023


We celebrate Lamont School of Music’s Zoe Weiss and renowned singer Sarah Moyer’s debut on our Happy Hour Concert Series. They are joined by friends Hannah Robbins, Sarah Biber, and Sarah Graf—sounding a harmonious triad of Sarahs. Centered in the repertoire of the Elizabethan era, the ensemble the “Golden Viols” (a nod to their rehearsal location in that western suburb of Denver), bring you a selection of consort songs and instrumental works from England and the Continent including William Byrd, widely considered one of the greatest composers of the Renaissance. 

The Performers
      Sarah Moyer, soprano

      Zoe Weiss, treble viol
      Sarah Biber, tenor viol
      Sarah Graf, bass viol
      Hannah Robbins, bass viol

Please click on a name above to learn more about the artist. In the photos – center: Sarah Moyer; clockwise from top: Sarah Biber, Sarah Graf, Hannah Robbins, Zoe Weiss



Prelude and Voluntary – William Byrd (1538-1623)

An English Set – #1

“Come Again, Sweet Love” – John Dowland (c. 1563-1626)
Fantasia a 4, #1 – Byrd
“Cuckoo” – Anon.
“This Merry Pleasant Spring” – Anon.
The King’s Pavyn – Anon.
“When Daphne from Fair Phoebus Did Fly” – Anon.

A “Susanna” Set

“Susanne Ung Jour” – Orlande de Lassus (1532-1594)
Canzon sopra Susanne – Attrib. Ippolito Tartaglino (early 17th C.)
“Susane Ung Jour” – Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

An English Set – #2

Pavan and Galliard in B-flat – Byrd
“Farewell the Bliss” – Anon.
“La Doune Cella” – Anon.
“Joan Quoth John” – Richard Nicholson (1563-1639)
Fantasia a 4, #2 – Byrd


“Now, Oh Now, I Needs Must Part”  – Dowland

October 27, 2023


“From Sorcery to Enchantment”

Cadmus presents a concert of drama and delight. Although there is a great variety of styles and regions represented in the program, the centerpiece is Clérambault’s French Cantata Médée. This telling of the ancient and fiery story of revenge and passion is a large drama condensed into a small package. This music is not as often performed as other masterpieces from the Baroque era. You’ll be sure to enjoy this lush celebration of musical virtuosity!

The Performers
      Amanda Balestrieri, soprano

      Brune Macary, Baroque violin
      Ann Marie Morgan, viola da gamba
      Wesley Leffingwell, harpsichord

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Sonata in G minor, no. 48 from Concerti Ecclesiastici (1610) – Giovanni Paolo Cima (1570-1630)

“Romanesca” (1620) – Biagio Marini (1594-1663)

“Médée” from Cantates françoises, Book 1 (1710) – Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1667-1749)

Allemande from Nouvelles suite de pièce de clavecin (1726/27) – Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

Sonata for Violin, Viola da Gamba, and Harpsichord in D major, no. 8, op. 2 – Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)

Two songs from “Nine German Arias” – Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
     “Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle” (HWV 205)
     “Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden” (HWV 210)

November 10, 2023



Pizzazz!   A virtuosic display of baroque fireworks awaits in a program of music by J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Antoine Forqueray, and Louis-Toussaint Milandre.  The days may be getting shorter, but this is a concert that will light up your autumn evening and fill it with…you’ve got it!…Pizzazz!

The Performers
      Paul Primus, harpsichord and violin
      Brune Macary, violin
      Barbara Hamilton, viola d’amore and violin
      Karl Reque, baroque viola
      Sarah Biber, bass gamba

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Trio for Viola d’Amore, Violin, and Continuo – Louis-Toissaint Milandre (floruit c. 1756-c. 1776)
     I. Polonaise No. 1
     II. Polonaise No. 2
     III. Romanza
     IV. Allegro
Barbara Hamilton, viola d’amore / Paul Primus, violin / Sarah Biber, bass gamba


Concerto for Viola d’Amore and Strings in D minor, RV 395 (1720?) – Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
     I. Allegro
     II. Andante
     III. Allegro
Barbara Hamilton, viola d’amore


From Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings an A major, BWV 1055  – Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
     I. Allegro
Paul Primus, harpsichord


From Pieces de viole (1747)  – Antoine Forqueray (1672-1745)
     La du Breüil (Louré)
     La Leclair (très Vivement et détaché)
Sarah Biber, bass gamba


Concerto La Stravaganza in B-flat major, op. 4 no. 1, RV 383a – Vivaldi
     I. Allegro
     II. Largo e cantabile
     III. Allegro
Brune Macary, violin

January 19, 2024

Ann Marie Morgan / John Murgel / Louis Saxton

“Music for a While
Works by J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell Reimagined”

Ann Marie Morgan and friends John Murgel and Louis Saxton collaborate to “befriend” the music of J.S. Bach and Henry Purcell. This imaginative program not only explores the rich musical works created by these incredible composers, but also reveals the amazing versatility within the music as it is re-imagined and re-voiced. It promises to be a wonderful evening of viol, voice, and inventiveness you will not want to miss!

The Performers
      Ann Marie Morgan, voice and viol
      John Murgel, organ
      Louis Saxton, cello piccolo

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“Music for a While” from Oedipus (1692), Z. 583 – Henry Purcell (c. 1659-1695)


Three pieces by Henry Purcell
     Fantasia #3 (c. 1678), Z. 731
     “Two in one upon a Ground,” Chaconne for Flutes, from Dioclesian, Act III (1690), Z. 627
     Fantasia #2 (c. 1678), Z. 731


Music of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
     Prelude from Cello Suite #6 in D Major, BWV 1012
     Adagio from Sonata for viola da gamba and organ, BWV 1029
     Alla Gigue from Pastorale in F Major, BWV 590


Selections from “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen” (“Shout to God with Joy in Every Land”), BWV 51 – J.S. Bach
     III. Aria – “Hörchster mache deine Güte
     IV. Chorale – “Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren”
     V. Allegro – “Alleluja”


“An Evening Hymn” (pub. 1688), Z. 193 – Purcell

March 8, 2024


“La Stravagante: The Italiian-Spanish Connection”

Through the centuries composers have sought to delight performers and entertain audiences with the unexpected and bizarre—from newly created genres to stretching the limits of established forms. Jennifer Carpenter and Keith Barnhart treasure the harmonic extravagances, melodic virtuosity, vivid programmaticism, and the newly developed instrumental techniques that bring that music to life. So powerful is this creativity that historical performance with historic instruments continues to generate new compositions beyond the era of “Early Music” and into our own time. This program celebrates the artists’ favorite Italian and Spanish composers who have shared their passion for la stravagante—“The Extravagant!”

The Performers
      Jennifer Carpenter – recorders
      Keith Barnhart – guitars and lutes

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Sonata seconda – Dario Castello (1602-1631)

Pasacalles de 1 tono – Juan Cabanilles (1644-1712)

Solfeggio detta “la Stravaganza” – Francesco Durante (1684-1755)

Romanza – Niccolò Paganini (1782-1840)

Grand Potpourri – Mauro Giuliani (1781-1829)  

Canarios – Gaspar Sanz (1640-1710)

Sonata El jardín de Aranjuez en tiempo de Primavera con difersos cantos de páxaros y otros animales – José Herrando (c.1720-63)
      Allegro, Andante, Allegro moderato

Cádiz – Sören Sieg (b. 1966)
      Mvt. 4: The Bath of the Mermaid 
      Mvt. 5: Carnival of Cádiz

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