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Baroque Concert Will Surprise and Delight

The tuneful music of the Baroque era and works by composers Girolama Frescobaldi, Jean-Baptiste Rameau, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Giovanni Andrea Cima, Georg Phillipp Telemann, Henry Purcell and François Couperin will be showcased in Baroque on the Bluff during a special concert at Duquesne University.

The music of the Baroque era, which roughly spans the years between 1600 and 1750, requires no special knowledge to appreciate, and the names of its exemplars, Bach and Handel, are familiar to all. Baroque on the Bluff, however, will feature the music of neither composer and promises a number of other surprises as well.

Baroque music is a special interest of harpsichordist Rebecca Rollett, the concert organizer. Rollett, an adjunct professor of music at Duquesne, is also the artistic director of The Pittsburgh Camerata, a professional ensemble that performs vocal chamber music and whose repertoire often includes works from the Baroque.

In October 2009, while performing on the harpsichord in a pre-concert program at a music school chamber concert, performers, bassist Jeffrey Turner and cellist David Premo, both members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, suggested that Rollett organize a concert program at Duquesne devoted to Baroque music.

Baroque on the Bluff arose from that proposal, and the concert program Rollett put together covers a wide range of Baroque compositions by composers who represent different national styles, and the early, middle and late periods of the era.

The program contains works for many different instruments, including the harpsichord, a keyboard instrument whose popularity was later eclipsed by the piano. Featured works at the concert include Canzon Seconda, Pièces de Clavecin and Trio Sonata No. 5 in F major, among others.

In addition to Rollett, other musicians performing at the concert include Scott Bell, recorder/oboe; Jim Gorton, oboe; Edward Kocher, sackbut; David Premo, cello; Philip Pandolphi, bassoon; Anthony Rollett, harpsichord; and Jeff Turner, bass.

When: Sunday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m.

Where: PNC Recital Hall, Mary Pappert School of Music, Duquesne University, 600 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh.

Information: Suggested donation: $10. Call 412.396.6083 or visit www.duq.edu/music for more information.

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