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Two concerts this weekend in Maryland!

Posted in Concerts, Recordings with tags , , , on June 5, 2012 by armoniaceleste

Armonia Celeste reprises their popular program “Udite Amanti–Lovers, Beware! Music from the 17th-Century Barberini Court” on the Penn Alps concert series in the Western Maryland mountains, and at An Die Musik in Baltimore. The music is a luscious selection from composers active at the Barberini court, which the ensemble recently recorded (expect the CD in late 2012 or early ’13), featuring gorgeous vocal solos, duets, and trios along with toe-tapping instrumental selections. Come see why audiences around the country consistently receive this program with an enthusiastic standing ovation–and be sure to stop by after the concert to meet the ensemble!

Saturday, June 9, 2012 – 7:30 p.m.
Udite Amanti ­– Lovers, Beware!”
Music at Penn Alps, 125 Casselman Rd., Grantsville, MD 21536

Sunday, June 10, 2012 – 5:00 p.m.
Udite Amanti ­– Lovers, Beware!”
An die Musik Live, 409 North Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201


Concert next week in Cumberland, Maryland

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on January 4, 2012 by armoniaceleste

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

Dallas concert a big hit

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 16, 2011 by armoniaceleste

We kicked off our Texas tour with an exciting performance in Dallas that had audience members raving enthusiastically! It was very gratifying for us to meet so many wonderful, intelligent people after the show and hear how the performance moved them. One man–a musician himself–said it was the finest musical evening he had ever been to! That is a compliment we will treasure.

We repeat “Udite Amanti: Lovers, Beware” tomorrow night in Denton and Sunday afternoon in Tyler. The Denton newspaper published a feature article about us today that we will post on the website. Hopefully it helps bring in an audience as warm and wonderful as the one we had in Dallas!

Attention Texas peeps!

Posted in Concerts, Recordings with tags , , , on September 9, 2011 by armoniaceleste

Next week (September 15-18) Armonia Celeste is undertaking a concert tour of Texas! The program, “Udite Amanti–Lovers, Beware! Music from the Courts of 17th-Century Rome,” features some rare muscological gems performed with the ensemble’s signature verve.

With a theme charting the perils and folly of the heart, the music for the program comes from composers under the patronage of the powerful Barberini family, or who were heard at the Barberini court during the mid-1600s,  especially Luigi Rossi and Giacomo Carissimi (who in 1688, along with Antonio Cesti, were named by G.A. Perti as “the three greatest lights of our profession”). Other composers on the program include Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Francesco Tenaglia, Marco Marazzoli, and Marc’Antonio Pasqualini (one of the Barbarini castrati).

There is an especial tie-in with the harp in this program. Perhaps the most famous surviving harp from the Baroque era is the Barberini harp (pictured above), which was played by Marazzoli. Costanza de Ponte, the wife of Luigi Rossi, one of the project’s featured composers, was a famous harpist of the time as well. For some of the first instances in centuries, Paula will play their music on her baroque harps during these performances.

Lyle will also provide additional exciting rhythmic continuo on baroque guitar, on the plangent theorbo, and the charming lute, while the beautiful voices of Sarah, Rebecca, and Dianna will entwine in exquisite harmony above it all, in trios, duets, and solos–lamenting, exulting, and despairing over the ravishments and embattlements of love.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the ensemble perform this program live near you! Armonia Celeste and this program are currently finalists in the prestigious Naxos/Early Music America recording competition–if AC wins, you will eventually be able to purchase a recording of this program on the Naxos label!


Thursday, September 15,  7:00 pm
Emmanuel Hall, Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church
9800 Preston Road, Dallas, Texas 75230
Suggested donation: $10

Friday, September 16,  7:30 pm
Trinity Presbyterian Church
2200 N. Bell, Denton, Texas 76209
$10 general $7 students

Sunday, September 18, 4:00 pm
Marvin United Methodist Church
300 W. Erwin Street, Tyler, Texas 75702

For more information, please see our website: Please be sure to come and say hello after the concert!

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