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Boston Museum Trio performs French & Baroque music at the Collection Nov. 13

October 27, 2011

The Boston Museum Trio performs at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments on Sunday, November 13. The program will feature baroque music from French and German composers, including Rameau, Marais, Leclair, Buxtehude, and Bach. The concert will take place at 3 pm at the Collection (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven).

The members of the Boston Museum Trio are John Gibbons, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; and Daniel Stepner, baroque violin. Gibbons teaches harpsichord and fortepiano and directs the Bach Ensemble at the New England Conservatory. In this concert, he will play the Collection’s double-manual harpsichord made in Paris around 1740 by François Etienne Blanchet the Elder.

Jeppesen and Stepner are both graduates of the Yale School of Music. Jeppeson is the principal violist of Boston Baroque, and plays in many early music groups including the Handel and Haydn Society and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Stepner is the first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet (in residence at Brandeis University) and artistic director of the Aston Magna Festival.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, one of the foremost institutions of its kind, preserves and exhibits musical instruments from antiquity to the present. Many instruments are maintained in playing condition and are featured in performances and demonstrations in the fine acoustic of the upstairs gallery, the venue for this performance.

Tickets to the concert are $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for students. For more information, call the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158 or visit music.yale.edu.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

The Boston Museum Trio (John Gibbons, harpsichord; Laura Jeppesen, viola da gamba; Daniel Stepner, baroque violin) has toured internationally and has been central to the concerts given at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts since 1975, where the ensemble performs an endowed annual series of concerts featuring music from the early baroque through the late classical era.  Guest vocalists and instrumentalists have included Frans Brüggen, Anner Bylsma, Dominique Labelle, Frank Kelley, Sanford Sylvan, and many others.  The Trio performs on instruments from the Museum’s unique Collection of Musical Instruments, as well as on their own period instruments. They have recorded music of Bach, Rameau, Marais, Clerambault, Telemann and Vivaldi.

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