Baroque and Beyond

This concert juxtaposes early English repertoire of the 16th and 17th Centuries with compositions for countertenor and early instruments from the 20th and 21st Centuries. In addition to works by Henry Purcell and John Blow, this vibrant and accessible program includes works by modern composers such as John Gardner, Gregory Rose, Geoffrey Burgon, Peter Racine Fricker, Walter Bergman, Peter Dickinson, and Sir Michael Tippett.

Cupid’s Dart

This program explores and presents timeless and universal aspects of love through poetry and song of the Renaissance and Baroque. The listener will experience the power of love’s mystery, pain, and fulfillment.

Ein fest Burg ist unser Gott

Echoing Air presents a concert of music of late 16th through early 18th century Lutheran composers. The program illustrates the Lutheran ideals of personal relationship with God and the increased use of the vernacular German language. The concert features works of Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, Dieterich Buxtehude, Vincent Lübeck, Johann Rosenmüller, Johann Fischer, and Dietrich Becker.

An Evening with Mr. Henry Purcell

England’s most illustrious 17th Century composer, Henry Purcell, is presented in a historical perspective through readings and song. The script highlights aspects of Purcell’s life and times in the context of the English Restoration of the Monarchy. The concert consists of examples of Purcell’s varied musical output including music for the court, the theatre, the church, and the concert hall. This program is often performed in collaboration with a local choir or choirs performing choral works by Purcell and his contemporaries.

Hark, How The Songsters

This concert features duets and solo songs, as well as chamber, works by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries from Restoration England.

The Harmonious Vagabond

Inspired by the travels and varied career of Scottish countertenor and composer John Abell (1653-c.1724), Echoing Air presents a variety of sacred and secular vocal and instrumental Baroque music of Scotland, England, France, and Ireland.

Out of the Orient Crystal Skies

Echoing Air presents a celebration of Christmas with readings from the King James Bible and music spanning the Medieval to the Baroque, including chant, Medieval English carols, Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque chamber music. The concert features music of European and English composers including Philipp Friedrich Böddecker, Dieterich Buxtehude, William Byrd, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Tarquinio Merula, Claudio Monteverdi, Samuel Scheidt, Johann Hermann Schein, and Heinrich Schütz.

Celebrations & Remembrances

This program presents selections from the Odes (works dedicated in honor of specific occasions and persons) by English Baroque composers Henry Purcell and John Blow. Featuring music of surprising diversity and depth, the concert invites the audience to explore with us the pageantry of Restoration England. The concert ends with Blow’s “Ode on the Death of Mr. Henry Purcell” for two countertenors (Purcell was, himself, a countertenor), two recorders, and basso continuo.

A Season of Penitence

This program features sacred music of the Baroque period suitable for Lenten reflection. The program’s four segments highlight the music of France, England, Germany, and Italy. Representative composers in a typical program include Clérambault, Camprá, Charpentier, Couperin, Campion, Purcell, Kuhnel, Schütz, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Caldara, and Carissimi.

My Heart is Ready

Echoing Air’s program offering for the season of Lent intersperses verses of the Gregorian Chant “Ave Maris Stella” with Baroque compositions for voices and instruments, including varied settings of the text “Paratum cor meum” (“My heart is ready”). The overall theme of the concert is hope and preparation. Featured composers include Blow, Legrenzi, Schütz, Camprá, Charpentier, and Buxtehude.

Walk in Light

This Epiphany concert showcases music from the German Baroque. Selections include works by Buxtehude, Böddecker, Telemann, Schein, and Hammerschmidt. Featured works include cantatas written by Telemann for the season of Epiphany.