Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moravian Music and More!

Last spring, a very studious girl scout and her mother approached me with an idea. Caroline and Lydian Averitt are Moravian and wanted to start a project in which music by Moravian composers was brought to a larger audience. The idea was that Caroline would research Moravian composers from the Baroque era who had music at the Moravian Music Foundation, located in Winston-Salem, NC. And then Greensboro Early Music could perform the music on original instruments.

So far the plan is coming together splendidly! I was able to visit the foundation and meet it's director, Nola Knouse. Nola was wonderful in leading us through the incredible archives there. We did indeed find 2 pieces to perform on our October concert: a string quintet by Johann Friederick Peter and a string trio by Johann Daniel Grimm. Susan Bates, GEM's harpsichordist extraordinaire, will also perform a prelude for harpsichord by Christian Ignatius Latrobe. 

On October 5 at 7:30, you will get to hear a short lecture by Caroline beforehand, as well as enjoy a reception afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there!

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