Garden City, NY, October 29, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- New York’s finest early music ensemble, led by harpsichordist Elaine Comparone, celebrates the glories of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor for Viola d’Amore, as well as music by Purcell, Monteverdi, and Rameau, concluding with Long Island native Marshall Coid’s spirited Vampire Cantata. This Baroque Halloween Celebration graces the Concert Hall stage Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. and concludes with a costume contest. Winners of the most creative costume win special musical prizes.
Since her debut as a Concert Artists Guild award winner, Elaine Comparone’s career has included recitalist, soloist, chamber musician, and recording artist. She has collaborated with composers, choreographers, and video artists, and is the founder/director of Harpsichord Unlimited, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the harpsichord’s history and music. The New York Times says Comparone is, “a harpsichordist with few equals” and her success with the instrument led to a Fulbright Fellowship to study with the praised Isolde Ahlgrimm at the Academy of Music in Vienna.
Marshall Coid has received critical acclaim for his performances as the White Rabbit in the new contemporary Opera Alice in Wonderland. His career began at nine, studying violin from Babylon-based teacher John Atherton. Coid’s compositions include an opera, a musical, several theatre scores, and ensemble works like Vampire Cantata. Fanfare Magazine said that Mr. Coid “…produces the powerful, yet unforced tone of a true countertenor” and the New York Times described Coid as, “astonishingly versatile.” Other credits include vocal and violin soloist in Twelfth Night live from Lincoln Center alongside film stars, Kyra Sedgwick, Helen Hunt, and Paul Rudd, and his current gig as onstage violin soloist for Chicago, Broadway’s longest-running revival.
In 1762, John Christian Bach, known as the “London Bach,” and a few musical friends formed an ensemble to entertain Queen Charlotte Sophia in her private chambers - The Queen’s Chamber Band. In light of this intimate, personal performance, Elaine Comparone successfully recreated The Queen’s Chamber Band now featuring, flutist Karla Moe, Oboist Marsha Heller, founding member and violinist Robert Zubrycki, violinist Fritz Krakowski, violist Veronica Salas, cellist Peter Seidenberg, and Logan Coale on double bass. The modern Queen’s Chamber Band will perform a program that combines breathtaking talent, historical perspective, and extraordinary musicianship. The QCB will divulge in a wide variety of tunes including José Raúl Bernardo’s “Echoes from a Distant Land,” the Overture to Bernardo’s musical, Our Man in Havana, Henry Purcell’s “Chaconne in G minor,” by violinists Robert Zubrycki and Fritz Krakowski and other selections.
Individual tickets for this event are on sale now and will be available at the door for $20 or $30 depending on seating. To learn more about AU PAC’s 2010-2011 season, please visit aupac.adelphi.edu or call the AU PAC Box Office at (516) 877-4000.
About Adelphi University: Adelphi University, chartered in 1896, was the first institution of higher education for the liberal arts and sciences on Long Island. Through its schools and programs—The College of Arts and Sciences, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Honors College, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, University College, and the Schools of Business, Nursing, and Social Work—the co-educational university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as professional and educational programs for adults. Adelphi University currently enrolls nearly 8,000 students from 41 states and 60 foreign countries. With its main campus in Garden City and centers in Manhattan, Hauppauge, and Poughkeepsie, the University maintains a commitment to liberal studies in tandem with rigorous professional preparation and active citizenship.