January 21, 2020
Kimiko Hahn
Kimiko Hahn
Beowulf Sheehan

The Sebastians continue their multidisciplinary 2019-20 season on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church, when they collaborate with celebrated Japanese-American poet Kimiko Hahn in a program that intersperses music from the Baroque era with Hahn reciting her own modern musings. In a program titled That glittering object, Hahn and the Sebastians string together music of the past with the poet’s 21st century verse, including her series of poems “Charms” from her forthcoming collection Foreign Bodies, forming an aural ribbon comprised of words and music.

The Sebastians and Kimiko Hahn both enjoy the possibilities presented by multidisciplinary collaborations. The Sebastians have previously incorporated poetry from the baroque era into their concerts, and Hahn has worked with film makers, television producers and visual artists. This occasion will mark the Sebastians’ first foray into contemporary poetry, and Hahn’s first interaction with a classical ensemble. The program, devised by the Sebastians’ violinist Nicholas DiEugenio, takes its inspiration from an interview Hahn gave for Literary Hub, in which she pondered, “A poet friend has called me a magpie, and as such, one bright trinket is as good as the next. I suppose the point is—as point of departure or reference—that glittering object.”

The musical gems of That glittering object highlight the frequently intersecting styles of English, French and Italian composers from the 17th and 18th centuries, including trio sonatas by Arcangelo Corelli, Jean-Marie Leclair and Henry Purcell, solo harpsichord selections from François Couperin’s Pièces de clavecin as well as programmatic numbers from his suite Les Nations, and a violin sonata by the brilliant but seldom-performed Louis-Gabriel Guillemain.

The Sebastians’ 2019-20 season continues on Saturday, April 18, 2020, in the intimate space of Tenri Cultural Institute, where audience members will be invited to sip a glass of wine and mingle with the musicians. The Sebastians’ season finale takes place over two nights – May 27 and May 30, 2020 – when the ensemble collaborates with the Christopher Caines Dance Company, with newly-commissioned choreography set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and his French contemporaries.

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For further information about the Sebastians, please visit https://www.sebastians.org/

For further information about Kimiko Hahn, please visit https://kimikohahn.com

For all media requests, please contact Melanne Mueller, MusicCo International, +1 917 907 2785, melanne@musiccointernational.com

That glittering object
Saturday, February 15, 2020 – 7:30pm
Arcangelo Corelli
(1653 – 1713) Trio Sonata in D major, Op. 3, No. 2
Henry Purcell (?1659 – 95) Sonata in D minor, Z. 805, from Sonatas in Four Parts
François Couperin (1668 – 1733)
Selections from Pièces de clavecin
Sonate and Dances from Les Nations
Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705 – 70) Sonata for violin and basso continuo in G major, Op. 13, No. 1
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697 – 1764) Trio Sonata in F major, Op. 4, No. 4

the Sebastians
Daniel Lee and Nicholas DiEugenio violins
Ezra Seltzer cello
Jeffrey Grossman harpsichord
Kimiko Hahn poet

Good Shepherd-Faith Presbyterian Church
152 West 66th Street
New York, New York 10025

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