- $10 for two tickets to see Madison Bach Musicians present "The Vibrant Harpsichord" (a $20 value)
- When: Saturday, January 18, at 7 p.m.
- Where: St. Joseph Chapel
- Seating: general admission in the blue and yellow sections
- Door time: 6 p.m.
- Click here to view the seating chart.
Madison Bach Musicians Present "The Vibrant Harpsichord"
Baroque music is known for its compositional daring and almost over-the-top degree of ornamentation. While the St. Joseph Chapel was constructed in 1917 rather than the 17th century, in many ways it's an appropriate venue for the music of Bach and his cohort. Huge stretches of the interior are covered in ornately carved white Italian marble made from thousands of melted-down cat's-eyes and aggies, and visitors who let their eyes wander during the Madison Bach Musicians' upcoming first visit to the space may find marble lions, intricate ribbons of stone mosaic, and 18 saints populating 115 windows of Austrian stained glass, to name a few visual delights.
It's a transporting setting, and the program matches it by celebrating an instrument that's not quite of this time: the harpsichord. Expert harpsichordist Trevor Stephenson shares the compositions' back stories when he isn't letting his fingers do the talking, and he's backed by soprano Chelsea Morris, violinists Kangwon Lee Kim and Brandi Berry, violist Christine Liu, and cellist Martha Vallon. The string players enhance the otherworldly effect by using period-appropriate versions of their instruments. Milwaukee Public Radio reports that the program's slated to include Handel’s Gloria and Joseph and His Brethen, Corelli’s Sonata No. 10 in F Major, and Leclair’s Sonata in G Minor for Two Violins, among others.