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Music review: the Baroque Music of Latin America

             The concert presented by Chatham Baroque in Independent Presbyterian Church at Birmingham was of 16th- to 18th-century Spanish instrumental music. This ensemble of four which was chosen as "Best New Classical Artist" is based in Pittsburgh, consisting of Julie Andrijeski and Emily Davidson on baroque violin, Patricia Halverson on viola da gamba and Scott Pauley on baroque guitar and theorbo, a long-necked 17th-century relative of the guitar. But Julie was absent tonight. Fortunately, Danny Mallon, who played a variety of percussion, joined them.
             Chatham Baroque has performed in Carnegie Hall, released five CDs to critical acclaim, been nominated for an INDIE Award and is one of only a handful of chamber music groups in the country to receive a prestigious Chamber Music America Residency Matching Grant. In fact, it just finished a year of touring before it came to Birmingham in February 2003.
             In this concert of baroque Latin American music, Chatham Baroque explores the contrast between two different musical traditions: the secular and the sacred. They use the common elements to present rare Latin American baroque gems. Chatham Baroque offers a brilliant performance and an important contribution to the Colonial Music of Latin America in soly sombra. The two-hour program opened with Santiago de Murcia's Jota. The whole program is as following.
             Program listing.
             [1] Jota- Santiago de Murcia, Spain/ Mexico (c. 1739).
             [2] Los imposibles- de Murcia.
             [3] Cannarios- Gaspar Sanz (c.1679-1704).
             [4] Scotch Tune- Solomon Eccles (c 1640-1710).
             [5] John come Kiss- Davis Mell (1604-1662).
             [6] Ritornello Primo- Bellerofonte Castaldi (b 1580/81- d 1649).
             [7] Sonata I, opus 1 Adagio, allegro, Largo, Allegro- Benedetto Marcello (1686- .
             [8] The Lass of Peatie's Mill- Traditional, arr. Francesco Barsanti.
             [9] Cromlit's Lilt- Traditional, arr. James Oswald.
             [10] Busk ye brisk ye my bonny bride- Traditional, arr.

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