NEW YORK - [20 OCTOBER 2013] WORKHOUSE (workhousepr.com) one of the country's leading public relations and integrated creative agencies, today announced that it has been selected as public relations and marketing agency of record for Salon / Sanctuary Concerts (www.salonsanctuary.org). Founded by Jessica Gould in 2009 as an alternative to the conventional concert hall, Salon / Sanctuary Concerts offers the special chance to hear pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. Heralded as "Highly original" by theNew York Times, "Impeccably curated" by Time Out New York, and "Imaginative" by New York Magazine, the series has forged a path apart from other early music presenters with original interdisciplinary programs featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, film, and dance. Workhouse will be responsible for domestic media relations for the recital of legendary lutenist Hopkinson Smith, Dowland's Europe: The Winds of Change. Celebratingthe450th anniversary of his birth, the performance will take place on Thursday, 7 November 2013at the RenaissanceLibrary of the Fabbri Mansion located on 7 East 95th Street. The Library, built during the Renaissance as part of the Ducal Palace of Urbino in Italy, was brought to New York during WWI. This extraordinary event offers a chance to enjoy Renaissance repertoire in an atmosphere of unparalleled authenticity for a United States venue. Interested media who wish to interview Salon / Sanctuary Concerts Artistic Director Jessica Gould or legendary Lutenist Hopkinson Smith, please contact Workhouse, CEO Adam Nelson directly via email email@example.com or by telephone +1. 646. 205. 3540
“HOPKINSON SMITH IS WITHOUT DOUBT THE FINEST LUTE PLAYER IN THE WORLD TODAY ” – The San Francisco Chronicle
HOPKINSON SMITH Born in New York in 1946, Hopkinson Smith graduated from Harvard with Honors in Music in 1972. The next year he came to Europe to study with Emilio Pujol in Catalonia and Eugen Dombois in Switzerland. He then became involved in numerous chamber music projects including the founding of the ensemble Hespèrion XX. Since the mid-80’s, he has focused almost exclusively on the solo repertoires for early plucked instruments producing a series of prize-winning recordings for Astrée. These feature Spanish music for vihuela and baroque guitar, French lute music of the Renaissance and baroque, early 17th century Italian music and the German high baroque.
The recording of his lute arrangements of the Bach solo violin Sonatas and Partitas, released in the year 2000, has been universally acclaimed by the press. Gramophone magazine called it “the best recording of these works on any instrument”. A Dowland recording, out since early 2005, won a Diapason d’Or and was called ‘wonderfully personal’ in a review in the New York Times. A recording with music from the world of Francesco da Milano, was awarded a Diapason d’Or de l’Année (the French equivalent of a Grammy award) in November 2009 and has been called “the first recording to do justice to Francesco’s reputation.” A CD with the first three Bach ‘cello Suites played on the German Theorbo was released in early 2013 and has also won a Diapason d’Or.
Mr. Smith has performed and given master classes throughout eastern and western Europe, North and South America, Australia, Korea and Japan sometimes combining the life-style of a hermit with that of a gypsy. In 2007 and 2009, he gave concerts and workshops in Palestine under the auspices of the Barenboim-Said Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council. In 2010, he received the music prize from the Italian Region of Puglia with the inscription “maestro dei maestri, massimo interprete delle musiche per liuto dell’antica Europa Mediterranea”. He teaches at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis.
NOTES ON THE PROGRAM
The beginning of the baroque era was a period of extraordinary creativity in the music of different parts of Europe. A new emphasis on the natural rhythms of language brought profound changes to vocal and instrumental repertoires alike. The year 1611 saw the publication in Paris and Rome of books of lute music that already clearly showed these new directions in France and Italy: Robert Ballard’s Premier Livre and the Libro Primo d’Intavolatura di Lauto by Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger.
At the center of Ballard’s repertoire are his Courantes. With rhythmic grace and melodic freedom, they show the beginning of the French ‘style brisé’ through suggestive polyphony where different voices move alternately and create a transparent filigree texture of great elegance. Prelude-like ‘Entrées’ and folk-inspired Branles will round out the picture of his oeuvre.
In sharp contrast to this we have the style of Kapsperger, who was of noble German origin but born in Venice and a central figure of Roman musical life. He wrote highly expressive Toccatas with wide swings of mood—sometimes violent, sometimes intimately touching—and always fascinating. These will be complemented by dance movements with virtuoso diminutions. The essence of Italian exaggeration, flamboyance and the broadest range of color mark his style.
The third figure in the program is John Dowland whose Varietie of Lute Lessons was published in London in 1610. Dowland spent time in both France and Italy and went on to develop his own style with occasional continental influences: diminutions divided between voices in the French style and the Italian penchant for chromaticism. But he was above all himself with the unique lyrical depth and melancholy of his Pavans and the theatrical dynamism of his lighter dances and his musical character portraits of royalty and members of the court.
With works taken primarily from these three collections, the program will not only show great variety in the lute publications of 1610 and 1611, but also illustrate the beginning of national styles that were to continue into the 18th century.
Robert Ballard (works primarily from the Premier Livre de Luth, Paris, 1611)
Entrée de Luth
Courante de la Reyne
Branles de Village
Giovanni Girolamo Kapsperger (1575-1641; works primarily from Il Primo Libro de Lauto, Rome, 1611)
John Dowland (1563-1626)
(works from the Varietie of Lute Lessons, London, 1610 and manuscript sources)
Dowland in Germany Pavin by the most magnificent and famous Prince Mauritius,
Landgrave of Hessen Fantasie by the most famous Gregorio Huwet of Antwerpe
Three Feminine Portraits
The Right Honourable Lady Clifton’s Spirit
Lady Hunsdon’s Allmain
Eight-course lute made by Joel van Lennep, New Hampshire, USA, 2002.
THE FABBRI MANSION
The Fabbri Mansion was built between 1914 and 1916 to serve as the town residence of Edith Shepard Fabbri, a great granddaughter of Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt, and her husband, Ernesto Fabbri, an associate of J. Pierpont Morgan. The House was designed by Grosvenor Atterbury, an American architect and town planner trained at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, noted for the 1908 restoration of New York’s City Hall. The interior decoration, however, was executed by Egisto Fabbri, Ernesto Fabbri’s brother, who incorporated Edith Fabbri’s collection of Italian Renaissance and Baroque furnishings and architectural fragments into his designs. Egisto Fabbri, well versed in the historic aspects of Italian architecture, helped design and decorate the House when it was built. Whole sections of original wood ceilings and the wood paneling of the historic library were transported in two ships from Italy through U-boat infested waters during World War I, and the House was designed and constructed to contain them. The structure’s outstanding architectural feature is the library, a treasure built in the 1400’s for the Ducal palace in Urbino, Italy. The Library boasts a beautifully painted coat of arms, dated 1605-1607, on the vaulted 25 foot high ceiling. There is a monumental fireplace, exquisite paneling, a balustrade gallery, and even a secret passageway.
SALON / SANCTUARY
Founded by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in 2009, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts offers the special chance to hear pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. Pleased to present special projects that cast a light on historical issues through the prism of music, Salon/Sanctuary takes pride in many special interdisciplinary performances featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, film, and dance. The series has garnered critical praise for its innovative programming, and continues to attract a diverse audience for its path breaking offerings. Past and future soloists on Salon / Sanctuary include countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, soprano Julianne Baird, violinists Monica Huggett, Robert Mealy, and Cynthia Roberts, oboist Gonzalo Ruiz, Harpsichordists Bradley Brookshire, Jory Vinikour, and Kenneth Weiss, NYCB principal dancers Jared Angel and Megan LeCrone, and actors Kathleen Chalfant, Melissa Errico, Ethan Peck, Campbell Scott, and Matthew Modine.
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