January 25, 2018

TENET frames the month of March with music by two highly influential baroque composers, including a modern premiere performance and the ensemble’s annual TENEbrae concert for the Lenten season. In between the group returns to Puerto Rico’s Festival Casals with the much-praised program The Secret Lover. All three performances shine a spotlight on the individual vocal talents of New York City’s preëminent early music ensemble and underline the group’s signature spirit of collaboration with like-minded musicians.

On March 2, 2018, TENET teams with baroque string ensemble ACRONYMN for the modern premiere performance of Le Memorie Dolorose by 17th-century Austrian violinist and composer Johann Heinrich Schmelzer. Fusing elements of opera and oratorio, Le Memorie Dolorose tells the story of the Virgin Mary after the death of Christ, as she interacts with Angels, Apostles and others. ACRONYMN is dedicated to the rediscovery of lost gems from the baroque era and has unearthed and transcribed Le Memorie Dolorose for this occasion. TENET’s vocalists will characterize the cast, backed by ACRONYM’s instrumental forces.

TENET’s annual TENEbrae performances at Lenten time have become a highlight of New York City’s concert calendar. This year, on March 24, 2018, TENET’s singers join forces with the Sebastians for Pathway to Light, a spiritual and reflective program of sacred cantatas by the German baroque organist and composer Dieterich Buxtehude, alongside instrumental works by his contemporaries Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, Georg Frideric Handel and Johann Caspar Kerll. The program traverses the darkness and sacrifice of Lent, through Christ’s crucifixion, ending with the joy and light of Easter.

In between, on March 8, 2018, three of TENET’s leading ladies – artistic director and soprano Jolle Greenleaf, soprano Molly Quinn and mezzo-soprano Virginia Warnken Kelsey – headline the ensemble’s return to Puerto Rico’s Festival Casals as they revisit The Secret Lover, their acclaimed program that celebrates music by, for, and about women and pays tribute to the 17th century Concerto delle donne, a trio of extraordinarily gifted professional female singers who were renowned for their performances in the courts of the late Italian Renaissance. In advance of their Puerto Rican tour, TENET is raising funds for P.E.C.E.S. (El Programa de Educación Comunal de Entrega y Servicio), a grassroots nonprofit organization that supports children and families, both socially and musically, and is helping to rebuild in the southeastern region of the island following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.

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Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7:00pm
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1623 – 1680) Le Memorie Dolorose – modern premiere performance

Jolle Greenleaf soprano and artistic director
Molly Quinn, Elizabeth Baber Weaver sopranos
Virginia Warnken Kelsey, Dianna Grabowski mezzo-sopranos
Kate Maroney contralto
Brian Giebler, Andrew Fuchs, Scott Mello tenors
Jesse Blumberg, Mischa Bouvier basso
Charles Weaver theorbo
Jeffrey Grossman harpsichord

Beth Wenstrom, Edwin Huizinga violins
Johanna Novom, Karina Schmitz violas
Kivie Cahn-Lipman viola da gamba and lirone
Loren Ludwig viola da gamba
Doug Balliett violone
Simon Martyn-Ellis theorbo
Elliott Fogg keyboard

Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014
Tickets $35, $55

Thursday, March 8, 2018 – 8:00 pm
The Secret Lover
Jolle Greenleaf soprano and artistic director
Molly Quinn soprano
Virginia Warnken-Kelsey mezzo-soprano
Hank Heijink, Dan Swenberg theorbos
Lisa Terry viola da gamba
Jeffrey Grossman harpsichord

Symphony Hall
Calle Culto
San Juan 00907
Puerto Rico

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00 pm
TENEbrae: Pathway to Light
Dieterich Buxtehude (1637 – 1707) Ich habe Lust abzuscheiden, BuxWV 47
Georg Frideric Handel (1685–1759) Passacaglia from Trio Sonata in G major, Op. 5, No. 4
Buxtehude Jesu dulcis memoria, BuxWV 56
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644–1704) Mystery Sonata No. 9, “Jesus Carries the Cross”
Buxtehude Mein Herz ist bereit, BuxWV 73
Johann Caspar Kerll (1627–93) Trio Sonata in F major Buxtehude Jesu, meine Freude, BuxWV 60
Buxtehude Herr, wenn ich nur dich hab, BuxWV 38

Jolle Greenleaf soprano and artistic director
Molly Quinn soprano
Mischa Bouvier bass

Daniel Lee, Nicholas di Eugenio, Dongmyung Ahn violins
Ezra Seltzer cello
Charles Weaver theorbo
Jeffrey Grossman chamber organ

Church of St. Vincent Ferrer
869 Lexington Avenue (at 66th Street)
New York, NY 10065
Tickets $40, $60

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