Fall Season Concerts
ODES FOR PEACE
Croft: Ode for the Peace of Utrecht & Handel: Jubilate
Margret Gries, director
Sean McKee, Chorus Director
Festive fireworks, food and music characterized the hospitality of the people of Utrecht in the spring of 1713 as they celebrated the end of the War of the Spanish Succession. In an extraordinary achievement of diplomacy, leaders from Spain, Great Britain, France, Portugal, Savoy and the Dutch Republic came together for the first time in history to end war through balance-of-power negotiations. Long before the final peace treaty was signed, music of celebration had been commissioned from William Croft and from George Frederic Handel. For our first concert of Jefferson Baroque’s 23rd season, the festival orchestra and chorus will present Croft’s “Ode for the Peace of Utrecht” and selections from Handel’s “Jubilate.” For the Grants Pass program, we will also bring you entertaining examples of Utrecht’s city music: “Songs of Celebration on the Signing of the Peace” and “Victory Songs about the Peace of Utrecht.” In Ashland our program will open with Gil Cline’s award-winning Trumpet Consort von Humboldt presenting a concise set of diverse works, ‘Hors d'oevres’ in essence, on a set of six matching 1667 English natural trumpets (modern copies), similar to trumpets which actually would have been heard in Utrecht in 1713.
Grants Pass: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 7pm, Newman United Methodist Church, 132 NE B Street, Grants Pass (Map)
Ashland: Sunday, October 2, 2016, 3pm, First United Methodist Church, 175 North Main Street, Ashland