ACRONYM - Paradise: Instrumental Sonatas of Antonio Bertali CD Release Concert

Sunday, February 09, 2014

8:00 pm

Wine & Cheese reception to follow the concert

Tickets:          FREE (donations gratefully accepted)



ACRONYM (Albino-squirrel Consort Radiating from Oberlin via New York, Mostly) officially launches with a concert celebrating its first two CD releases on February 10, 2014 at 8 pm.

ACRONYM is devoted to resurrecting music of the past by giving modern premieres of long-lost works by forgotten composers.  The twelve-member string band formed in Summer 2012 to create the first recording of the complete “Alphabet Sonatas” of Johann Pezel.  Their second CD, instrumental sonatas by Antonio Bertali, was recorded a year later.  Both discs will be released on Olde Focus Recordings, an early-music imprint of New Focus Recordings, in February 2014.

To celebrate the releases, ACRONYM will perform the complete Bertali CD, thirteen string sonatas for 2-8 players.  Bertali, Kapellmeister in Vienna from 1649-1669, was a prolific composer, but few of his works were published and almost none survive. ACRONYM is pleased to have made the first recordings of six sonatas, and the first recordings in their present orchestrations of several more.  Those pieces will all receive their modern premieres on February 10.




Adriane Post; violin and viola

Karina Schmitz; violin and viola

Beth Wenstrom; violin

Edwin Huizinga; violin

Johanna Novom; violin

Kyle Miller; viola

Loren Ludwig; viola da gamba

Kivie Cahn-Lipman; viola da gamba, violoncello, and lirone

Paul Dwyer; violoncello

Doug Balliett; viola da gamba and violone

Simon Martyn-Ellis; theorbo and guitar

Elliot Figg; harpsichord and organ