Here are some examples of our concert programs. We delight in adding to our repertoire, and are happy to customize programs for particular occasions or events.
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Magnificent Masters (Stafford, Pomona 2018)
A program of music by masters of the Baroque JS Bach, GF Handel,GB Pergolesi, and GM Dall'Abaco.
Love and Celebrations (Sandgate, Noosaville, and Caloundra, 2018)
This program traverses the rocky terrain of love with Monteverdi’s alluring Sì dolce è ‘l tormento and Lamento della Ninfa, Caccini’s Amarilli, mia bella and JS Bach’s Bist du bei mir and Beriete dir, Jesu.
The programme also celebrates Couperin’s 350th birthday with his Third Concert Royaux in A, and Barbella’s 300th birthday with his violin sonata in Bb, just to name a couple.
Music for a While (Sandgate, Coolum and Maleny, 2017)
Baroque music to transport the soul and delight the senses, including Henry Purcell's famous aria "Music for a While" and variations by Schop on Dowland's "Lachrimae Pavan". Telemann's "Moralische" Cantatas, together with instrumental works by Tartini. Phillips, and Barriere explore themes of love, betrayal, and contentment.
Baroque Delights (Brisbane, Maleny, Cooroy 2016)
Inspiring baroque music by JS Bach, Telemann, Handel, Bononcini and Scarlatti, performed by Arioso Chamber Ensemble, with guest performers, baroque oboeist Jane Downer (UK) (Maleny & Cooroy), and Gillian Rankine, baroque flute (Brisbane)
J.S Bach's Wedding Cantata (New England Bach Festival 2016)
Music by JS Bach, including the complete Wedding Cantata BWV 210, and music by Bach's contemporaries GF Handel and GB Bononcini. Performed by Arioso Chamber Ensemble, with guest performers Jane Downer (baroque oboe), Ben Thorne (baroque flute), Margaret Butcher (baroque violin) and Joanna Fairs Wu (baroque viola).
Ornaments of the Earth (Sandgate 2014, Brisbane City Hall, Caloundra, Cooran, 2015)
This program takes it's name from one of Händel’s Nine German Arias (HWV202 – 210), In this song cycle, the subtlety of the Handel's music is combined with Brockes intimate poetry celebrate the wondrous world in which we live. Historically the Baroque Era was an age of religious wars and conflict. Yet music remained a medium through which people could connect with their inner selves and look to the natural world for strength and peace. Instrumental works by Couperin and Biber which also reflect this theme beautifully complement Handel's superb arias.
Serenata features rarely heard, but stunningly beautiful arias by Antonio Vivaldi including “Sovente il sole” from the Serenade “Andromeda liberata”, “Vedrò Con Mio Diletto”, “Mentre dormi, Amor fomenti“, and “Nulla in mundo pax sincera”. Instrumental works include Arcangelo Corelli’s exciting and virtuosic set of variations on “Follia” for violin and basso continuo, Op.5, and the wonderful cello sonata in d minor Op.8 by Willem de Fesch.