*** 2016 SUMMER CONCERT FESTIVAL with THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS ***
WASHINGTON FRIENDS OF MUSIC, INC.
2016 SUMMER CONCERT FESTIVAL
FRIDAYS @ 5:30pm JULY 22 & 29, AUGUST 5 & 12
THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS will perform Bach, Quantz, Telemann, Vivaldi, with French horns, oboe, strings, tympani, and organ at the Historic Meeting House on the Green, 6 Kirby Road, Washington, CT. Facilities are handicapped accessible and air-conditioned.
TICKETS: In Advance $25 --- First Time Guests $20
At the Door $30 --- Children free --- Students $10
*** Tickets will be held for you at the door ***
Tickets also available at The Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot

Supporter $50, Friend $100, Donor $250
HOST level with special recognition: Sponsor $500, Patron $1,000
Your tax deductible gift to WFM is greatly appreciated!


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Ideas for WFM's 2016 Summer Concert Festival: More Haendel

January 28, 2016 : Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno

La Scala may have built its reputation on lavish productions of warhorses, but the house embraces an expansive view of the operatic canon, focusing its vast resources on less-performed genres—like the Baroque—as well. Starting with this theatrical realization of a Handel oratorio (already well-received in Berlin and Zurich, and in a brand new production here), the theatre will present one piece per season aimed at creating a new tradition of historically accurate Baroque performance: a rare move for such a big house. It’s worth paying attention to the stars both on and below stage: Baroque specialist Diego Fasolis will lead a period-instrument orchestra. Via Filodrammatici, Milan; 39-02/860-775. 


Through January 31: Ariodante at Dutch National Opera


Considered a gem of the Baroque opera seria genre, Handel’s Ariodante has a story worthy of Shakespeare: on the eve of his engagement in the palace of the King of Scotland, the titular prince is the victim of a ruse alleging his fiancée’s infidelity; said fiancée then proceeds to (nearly) lose her mind. Expect melodrama and intrigue in this take on the story, which won best new production at this year’s International Opera Awards. Amstel 3, Amsterdam; 31-20/625-5455.

2016 New Year's Day Concert with THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS --- all photos by Carl Weese




"... And with no further ado..." a record audience of 300+ music lovers welcome THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS.



                                                                                   Here we go:

Jonathan Allan, tympani,  Andrew Garcia, trumpet,  Nathan Mills, oboe and Douglas Myers, trumpet.
Douglas is the founder of THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOISTS and wrote all the arrangements for tonight's performance.

The string section with well known faces from many performances in recent years, too: Vincent Lionti, viola,  premiere in Washington by David Calhoun, cello,  Song-A Cho, first violin and Derek Ratzenboeck, violin,  Terence Flanagan, keyboard continuo and organ.

A well loved feature of the concerts are the brief introduction of each music piece by one of the musicians. Here we have a closer look at Douglas' corno da caccia or piccolo French horn.

                                                        The next generation of music lovers - please come again !

Nathan Mills' fabulous performance of Alessandro Marcello's Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor - one of the many highlights on the first day of 2016!


                  Encore! Bravo! Encore! Encore!

                      THE NEW BAROQUE SOLOIST

and now it is on to the party





Aah - dessert! Cookies from The Pantry - thank you Michael!




Happy New Year!

Congrats to Board Member Charles Raskob Robinson for his new book!

Greetings, Friends:
        You are invited to a book signing of my new book this Saturday (Oct 10th) at 2:00 PM at the Hickory Stick in Washington Depot Come and have a look. Hope to see you there.

Charles Raskob Robinson
                                                        Fellow, American Society of Marine Artists
All book net proceeds benefit the Society.
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End of season concert 8/21/2015 and now it is party time till December!

Board Member Waltraud Tammen welcomes the audience.

All pictures by Carl Weese.

Greg Davis was busy with recording the performance - a big THANK YOU to both of them! Here you can find all of Greg's shots from previous concerts and much more.

   Welcome back Terence Flanagan, one of the country's leading organists!

Derek Ratzenboeck, violin, has played throughout the 2015 Summer Festival. Cellist Mihai Marica played at last year's Summer Festival - glad you were able to make it back to Washington.



Douglas Myers, founder of The New Baroque Soloists and WFM's Music Director gave a great performance as horn soloist playing one of his beloved Quantz discoveries. Another splendid play      
by oboists Kemp Jernigan!

Derek Ratzenboeck amazed the audience with Bach's Sonata No.2 for Violin alone

Cellist Mihai Marica introduced the last performance for the day - Handel's Sinfonia for Trumpet, Oboe, Violin and Basso continuo.

NOW ON TO THE PARTY AT ROBINSON'S MAGICAL BRUSH HILL GARDENS!

Yes - this luscious garden is in Washington, CT in climate zone 5b :) - congrats to Barbara Paul Robinson. All structures were created by in-house engineer Charlie Robinson - who says that bankers are not builders ;-)

Party guests could not believe how well connected Barbara is with the weather gods. Anyhow - the crowd loved her gardens and the party!

Two artists discussing the next show? Barbara von Schreiber of Washington Art Association fame and Gerald Incandela, one of three guests of tonight's party who made the Most Influential People in Litchfield County list last year, he just had a very successful show at the Five Points Gallery in Torrington. Besides that he designed the WFM logo and helped to develop our 'corporate' image.
Family picture: Georgianna Middlebrook (selected last year as one of the 50 most influential people in Litchfield County by TownVibe and Leslie Middlebrook-Moore in the background, wearing that chic jacket. Blue was one of the in-colors that evening.

Bob McWilliam is a big supporter of choral music, here in talks with violinist Derek Ratzenboeck.

Romanian born cellist Mihai Marica meets Stephanie Fenwick, who has traveled extensively in Russia.

Thank you Carlos Canal Jr. for your gracious toast to WFM. Here he congratulates Derek on his splendid performance.

Watch out - three board members are a crowd! Douglas Myers, Charlie Robinson, Hermann Tammen. Too much fun there!

A short address by Hermann Tammen, President of WFM. Main message: THANK YOU ALL for another successful season. Record crowds of concertgoers from near and far enjoyed four wonderful performances throughout the 2015 WFM Summer Concert Festival with The New Baroque Soloists.

What is being discussed here? Could it be that WFM will have a real harpsichord next season? Names withheld to protect involved parties but ex-bankers like to do deals all the time. Stay tuned!

    Is it true that Barbara controls the weather?


Noted landscape designer Wesley Rouse quips "Of cause - it is true - today is the final proof." Next to him are Marty Rook of New Preston Kitchen Goods (yes - he is on that famous Top 50 list, too) and Richard Wallgren. Looking for a pied-à-terre in the City - Richard has one left just for you at 432 Park Ave  ;-)
 
 

Joe Mustich, WFM Board Member, in discussion with Derek Ratzenboeck.