ACRONYM: Ad Astra (To the Stars)
Friday, October 29, 2021 • 7:00 pm through
Friday, November 5, 2021 • 10:00 pm
THE VIDEO LINK WILL BE SENT PRIOR TO THE CONCERT.
Baroque band ACRONYM — an “outstanding young early-music string ensemble” (The New Yorker)—is dedicated to giving modern premieres of the wild instrumental music of the seventeenth century.
Playing with “…consummate style, grace, and unity of spirit” (The New York Times), the group formed in 2012 and has released ten critically acclaimed CDs since 2014. Recent projects include the first modern performances and recordings of works by Biber, Rosenmüller, Capricornus, and more.
The band’s most recent album, Cantica Obsoleta (2020), features the modern premiere recordings of nearly-lost works from Sweden’s Düben Collection. The Boston Globe raves, “this musical time-capsule offers enough resplendence to transport anyone.”
1648 marked the end of the Thirty Years War in Central Europe. After decades of death, fear and cultural stagnation, musicians and institutions gratefully resumed composing and performing, traveling and gathering, planning and building. Ad Astra features a collection of exuberant compositions by Valentini, Bertali, Schmelzer, Biber, Rosenmuller and others that reflect the energy and spirit of experimentation that followed.
To watch a video of this group’s outstanding performance, click here.