Co-Directed by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, (see separate bios) Quicksilver brings together many of the leading historically informed performers in America today. Described as “drop dead gorgeous with a wonderful interplay of timbres,” (Early Music America) and praised for “impeccable, soulful playing” (New York Times), Quicksilver vibrantly explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Featured at early music series throughout North America, Quicksilver has garnered accolades in the press from coast to coast.
Two different programs: Order Nov 7 or 8, or both at a discount!
Note: the length of both concerts is just under two hours, including intermission
This residency is supported in part by a grant from the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin.
Friday, November 7
Stile Moderno: New Music From 17th-Century Italy
Nov 7 (Fri) 7:30 – St Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 E Knapp St)
The seventeenth century was a transformative moment in our Western cultural history. The world became modern: new technologies were emerging, our modern economic system was developing, the earth was no longer at the center of the universe. Among the cultural revolutions was one in music. Composers consciously began to create a nuove musiche or stile moderno of dramatic oppositions and vivid emotions, in striking contrast to the smooth tapestry of Renaissance polyphony. Quicksilver’s examination of this modern music as it was invented by virtuoso instrumental composers in Italy is also an exploration of their new invention, the sonata: a pure instrumental work, a piece simply meant to be “sounded,” with no agenda but the imagination of the composer . This “new music” is virtuosic, experimental, unexpected, and deeply moving: the closest we come to wordless rhetoric.
Nov 8 (Sa) 7:30 – St Paul’s Episcopal Church (914 E Knapp St)
Today’s string quartets and quintets have a remarkable pre-history in the seventeenth century, when composers took the Renaissance idea of consort music and created new and compelling repertoires for strings & continuo. This program is a rare chance to hear some of the early masterpieces of this genre, from late Renaissance dances and fantasies to the theatrical sonatas of the new violin virtuosos of the 1680s.