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ARTEK presents
Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682)
San Giovanni Battista
The dramatic masterpiece of Rome's most infamous composer!

Special lectures before each concert! Free with admission ticket.

Thursday, April 18 at 7 pm
Barbara Russano Hanning (Barnard, B.A., 1960; Yale, Ph.D., 1968) is Professor Emeritus of Music at The City College of New York (CCNY) and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), where she taught seminars in various topics including madrigal, early opera, Monteverdi, and musical iconography. She is the author of a book on the beginnings of opera and of articles and reviews on 16th- and 17th-century Italian music, musical iconography, and 18th-century French subjects; also of the Norton textbook Concise History of Western Music (now in its fourth edition). She was a founding member of the Society for Seventeenth-Century Music and, served as its President from 1993 to 1997, and was made an Honorary Member of that Society in 2012.

Saturday, April 20 at 7 pm
Carolyn Gianturco is a musicologist trained in the United States and England.  Her many years of research have resulted in monographs in English and in Italian which document, for the first time, the life of Alessandro Stradella and offer discussions of his music.  She is also co-author of the standard thematic catalogue of the composer’s works.  She is President of the Editorial Board of the Edizione Nazionale dell’ Opera Omnia di Alessandro Stradella and has been President of the Italian Musicological Society and Vice President of the International Musicological Society.  She founded and directs the music research series Studi Musicali Toscani  and was the National Advisory Editor for Italy for the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (rev. 2001).  For many years she taught Music History at the University of Pisa, where she is now Coordinator of the University’s Center for the Encouragement of Musical Culture and Practice.

Two performances!
Thursday, April 18 at 8 pm
Saturday, April 20 at 8 pm
Italian Academy at Columbia University
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC

salome The Italian baroque composer Alessandro Stradella led a life of great musical achievements amidst a sordid personal life: of noble birth and a renowned womanizer, he died at the age of 43 by the hand of an assassin. His oratorio San Giovanni Battista has been justly termed Stradella's masterpiece; in the 17th century, it was famous throughout Western Europe, and is probably one of the most significant vocal works between Monteverdi's operas of the early 17th century and the Handel's operas in the early 18th century. The beautiful flowing melodies of baroque opera combined with the colorful early baroque-style continuo and the radically new concept of string concerto grosso accompaniment combine to make a dazzling tour de force of unparalled vocal virtuosity and dramatic intensity.
Laura Heimes - Salome
Ryland Angel - San Giovanni Battista
Peter Becker - Herode
Barbara Hollinshead - Herodias la Madre
Philip Anderson - Consigliere
With special guest Enrico Gatti leading the string ensemble on baroque violin; Daniel Swenberg & Charles Weaver, theorbos, Christa Patton, harp, Agnes Kallay, cello, and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord forming the continuo group.
From our audience: “Director Gwendolyn Toth clearly possesses remarkable skills as conductor, director, interpreter, and performer...The singing and instrumental playing was nuanced yet unified with the performers adding their personal skills and refinement to the musical score within a greater whole...As my friend and I silently slipped into the misty street scene afterwards we were speechless and slightly in awe of what we had experienced.”

Purchase tickets through GEMS

Tickets for ARTEK's two performances of the Stradella oratorio San Giovanni Battista are $40 regular seats and $20 rear seats. ($30 and $10 for students and seniors.)
To order tickets, purchase through our box office service, Gotham Early Music Scene (GEMS) online at or by calling (212) 866-0468. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening of the concert.

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Gwendolyn Toth, director
Phone: 212-967-9157

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