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Sunflower Baroque Concert March 6

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

LAWRENCE - The University of Kansas Sunflower Baroque ensemble will present a concert of Baroque music in Swarthout Recital Hall on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at 2:30 PM. The concert is free and open to the public.

Sunflower Baroque includes two KU music faculty members and a professional musician who lives in Lawrence: harpsichordist Elizabeth Berghout, associate professor of organ and university carilloneur; Baroque cellist Paul Laird, professor of musicology and director of the KU Instrumental Collegium Musicum; and Baroque flutist Joy Laird, a teacher of flute and recorder in Lawrence and member of the Lawrence City Band. They will be joined in this performance by three guests: Baroque oboist Erin Britton, who plays and teaches oboe in Lawrence; soprano Crystal Buck, a doctoral student in voice and musicology at KU; and Dorothy Glick, a doctoral student in musicology at KU. 

The program will include works by Georg Philipp Telemann, Johann Gottlieb Janitsch, Giuseppe Sammartini, and George Frideric Handel, all composers active in the first half of the eighteenth century writing in the mature Baroque and early Classical styles. Crystal Buck will be featured in three arias from Handel's opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto, all sung by the character Cleopatra. Joy Laird will be featured in a flute sonata by Sammartini, and the remainder of the works are trio sonatas and a quartet. Sunflower Baroque plays on instruments that are reproductions of those in use during the period with techniques like those cultivated at the time. 

For more information, please contact Paul Laird at plaird@ku.edu.  

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