NYU Orchestra Hosts French Baroque Mini-Festival, Nov. 10 & 11


Steinhardt Orchestra mini-festival, entitled “Le bon goût,” will feature performances of Baroque works by composers such as Jean-Philippe Rameau, Jean-Féry Rebel, Jean-Baptiste Lully, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

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The NYU Orchestra Program continues its 2016/2017 season with its annual autumn concerts at the Church of St. Joseph in Greenwich Village on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11.

These concerts, conducted by Guillaume Pirard, constitute a mini-festival entitled “Le bon goût.” “Le bon goût,” meaning “good taste,” is a phrase used since the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to describe music of the French Baroque. According to musicologist Albert Cohen, this style was characterized by a “delicacy of feeling, the predilection for understatement, the graceful ornamentation of ideas, the nobility of themes, and the love of theater, color and pageantry––[contributing] to an expression that is at once dramatic and personal.” According to Maestro Pirard, these concerts will give New Yorkers the opportunity to hear remarkable examples of this style and to witness its evolution in France and influence abroad.

The NYU Philharmonia will perform on Thursday, November 10 with a program that includes Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “Entrée de Polymnie” from Les Boréades; Jean-Féry Rebel’s Les Caractères de la danse; Jean-Baptiste Lully’s “Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs” from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme; Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 82 in C major, “L'Ours”; Lully’s “Chaconne des Scaramouches, Trivelins et Arlequins” from Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme; and Rebel’s “Le Chaos” from Les Élémens.

The NYU Symphony will perform on Friday, November 11 with a program that includes
Johann Sebastian Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 1; Thomas Adès Three Studies from Couperin; Jean-Philippe Rameau’s “La Poule” from Nouvelles Suites de Pièces de Clavecin; and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 in G minor, “La Poule.”

Both concerts are free and open to the public and will take place at 8 p.m. The Church of St. Joseph is located at 371 6th Ave., between Washington and Waverly Place. For more information about this and future NYU Orchestra concerts, contact mpap-orchestras@nyu.edu.

Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, established in 1925, instructs over 1,600 students majoring in music and performing arts programs. Music and Performing Arts Professions serves as NYU’s “school” of music and is a major research and practice center in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, songwriting, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and the performing arts-in-education (music, dance, and drama).
 

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