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Quicksilver performs at Collection of Musical Instruments Jan. 27th

“Fresh, technically assured, and rewarding performances.”
–Boston Globe
January 23, 2013

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments presents the baroque ensemble Quicksilver on Sunday, January 27. The newly-formed group will present a program called Fantasticus: the extravagant and virtuosic chamber music of 17th-century Germany.

The stylus fantasticus was a hallmark of the 17th-century German avant-garde that emphasizes both the genius of the composer and virtuosity of the performer. Here, the program will feature the imaginative masterworks of composers such as Bertali, Rosenmüller, Schmelzer, and Biber.

Quicksilver is led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski. The group’s performers have played together in some of America’s most distinguished early music ensembles, including the King’s Noyse, Musica Pacifica, Piffaro, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Between them, they have appeared on well over one hundred early music recordings.

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.

The concert begins at 3 pm at the Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven). Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors and Yale staff, and $10 for students.

For more information, contact the Collection at 203 432-0822, or visit music.yale.edu or www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments.

About Quicksilver

Quicksilver brings together leading historically-informed performers in America today. Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, this ensemble explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Quicksilver has been featured in concert series by the Boston Early Music Festival, Early Music Vancouver, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, and Madison Early Music, with upcoming engagements in San Francisco, Berkeley, Boston, New York City, and Washington, D.C. Quicksilver’s debut recording, Stile Moderno: new music from the seventeenth century has met with critical acclaim, described by the Huffington Post as “Breakthrough Album of the Year” and Fanfare magazine as “technically expert, flexible in phrasing, and stylish in ornamentation, fully aware of this music’s rich sense of theatre.”

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