Concert next week in Cumberland, Maryland

Armonia Celeste appears in Cumberland, Maryland, next week, as Mountainside Baroque presents “Benedicite Dominus” (Bless the Lord), the next concert in its “Before Bach” series. Carissimi’s famous oratorio “Jepthe” will be the concert centerpiece, with tenor Stephen Caldwell, baritone Ryan Mullaney, and bass Les Anders joining the three women’s voices of Armonia Celeste. Additional sacred music from Carissimi and other composers from the 17th-century Roman German College, the most famous musical establishment in Rome at that time, will comprise the rest of the concert.

Painting of the Barberini harp
Viola da gamba, harpsichord, and the instruments of Armonia Celeste (lute, theorbo, and Baroque triple harp) will support the voices in historically informed accompaniment. The harp featured in the concert, with its three sets of parallel strings, is an Italian copy of the famous Roman Barberini harp dating from ca. 1630. One of the largest and most elaborately decorated harps of the 17th century, it was depicted in paintings of the time.

The concert will take place at 4:00 PM on Sunday, January 15, 2012, at the Shrine of SS. Peter and Paul (125 Fayette St.). (Overflow parking in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church parking lot across the street will be allowed for this performance.) Tickets ($10 general/$7 students) will be available at the door. For further information, call 301-338-2940 or e-mail For more information about Armonia Celeste, please visit


2 Responses to “Concert next week in Cumberland, Maryland”

  1. John E. Mullaney, Jr. Says:

    Great concert which I would characterize as an hour in heaven!
    We are so fortunate to have such a motivated and talented group appear in Cumberland. I hope that this concert will inspire an interest in Baroque music to all who attended.

  2. Many thanks, John. For us to get comments like yours makes all the hard work worthwhile. 🙂 We enjoyed Cumberland very much and look forward to seeing you all again at Penn Alps in June!

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