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Festival 2019 is about to begin!

Scroll down for a peek at our Six concerts, all of which will be held in Evans Hall, on the Connecticut College Campus.


7 June 2019

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7 June

7:30 PM

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Three Cantatas:

  • BWV 37: Wer da glaubet und getauft wird (He Who Believes and is baptized)

  • BWV 158: Der Friede sei mit dir (Peace be with you)

  • BWV 17: Wer Dank opfert, der preiset mich (he who gives thanks praises me)

Soloists: Maggie Finnegan (soprano), Douglas Dodson (countertenor), Steven Caldicott Wilson (tenor), Sumner Thompson (baritone)

Violin Concerto in A minor (BWV 1041)

Aisslinn Nosky, violin

Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor (BWV 1008)

Guy Fishman, cello

Connecticut early music festival ensemble; Ian Watson, Conductor


9 June 2019

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9 June

5:00 PM


A festival favorite, Violinist Aisslinn Nosky, in solo recital.

J.S. Bach: Sonata in G minor (BWV 1001) and Partita in E major (BWV 1006)

G.P. Telemann: Fantasie in E-flat major (TWV 40:20)

M. Oesterle: Stand Still, 2011 (specially commissioned, by the artist, for baroque violin)

A reception will follow the performance.


14 June 2019



14 June

7:30 PM

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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s ‘Mystery’ Sonatas

Also known as the ‘Rosary (Rosenkranz)’ Sonatas, these fifteen sonatas correspond to the medieval devotional practice of the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.

Christina Day Martinson, violin

Martin Pearlman, harpsichord

Click here for more information about this work, as well as a review of a recent recording by Martinson and Pearlman.


16 JUNE 2019



16 June

5:00 PM

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This semi-opera based on Shakespeare’s play was Long attributed to Henry Purcell, but is more aptly attributed to "Purcell & Friends," this adaptation features the work of purcell, Pelham Humfrey, John Weldon, Matthew Locke, John Banister, Giovanni Battista Draghi, Pietro Reggio and Jean- Baptiste Lully, as well as original narration written by Tufts university drama professor Laurence Senelick in collaboration with the Poets’ Theatre of Cambridge, MA.

Henry Purcell Society of Boston


21 JUNE 2019



21 June

7:30 PM

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L. v. Beethoven: String Quartet No. 1 in F major, Op. 18

F. Mendelssohn: Fugue in E-FLAT major, Op. 81 No. 4

F. Mendelssohn: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 13

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Adriane Post and Johanna Novom, violins

Kyle Miller, viola

Paul Dwyer, cello


23 JUNE 2019



23 June

5:00 PM

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ALL Mendelssohn PROGRAM

Violin Concerto in E minor

Symphony No. 4 in A major, (“Italian”)

  • Connecticut Early Music Festival Ensemble; ian watson, conductor

A reception will follow the performance.