The Chaconne Project” at Harlem Parish – Harlem World Magazine
The American Classical Orchestra (ACO) returns to the historic parish of Harlem, the stunning location of its much-loved 2020 digital production of The Chaconne Project.
For an intimate and creative live performance of the program.
The concert on Thursday, February 3, 2022, led by ACO founder and artistic director, Thomas Crawford, features renowned Mexican mezzo-soprano, Guadalupe Peraza, in a lively program of baroque repertoire featuring the chaconne, a musical genre that began as bawdy 16th century dances in Spanish culture.
After Revisit, the Orchestra’s next concert is Remember, on February 26, 2022, with Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, coupled with the world premiere of Thomas Crawford’s Elegy for Strings. This concert marks the return to the stage of the famous ACO Choir.
Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7 p.m. Harlem Parish, 258 W 118th Street in Harlem, NY
Revisiting: The Chaconne Project
- Karen Dekker and Chloe Fedor, baroque violin
- Maureen Murchie, viola
- Arnie Tanimoto, viola da gamba and cello
- Charles Weaver, theorbo and baroque guitar
- Guadalupe Peraza, mezzo-soprano
- Thomas Crawford, harpsichord
- Juan Arañés: Chacona a la vida bona
- Nicola Francesco Haym: Ciaccona in E major
- Barbara Strozzi: Eraclito in love
- Marin Marais: Chaconne in A Major, excerpt from Pieces for Viole, Book 4
- Santiago de Murcia: Marionas
- Arcangelo Corelli: Trio Sonata, Op. 2, No. 12
- Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from the Partita for Solo Violin, BWV 1004
- Francois Couperin: The Favorite
- Claudio Monteverdi: Lament of the Ninfa
- Henry Purcell: Chaconne from King Arthur
The title of this living room concert – Revisit – refers to the ACO’s much-loved fall 2020 digital release of the Chaconne project, filmed in one of the city’s leading examples of neo-Gothic architecture, the Harlem Parish.
With Revisit, the original cast of musicians come together in the same beautiful setting and perform the program live.
This vibrant concert offers ten examples of the chaconne – a musical genre characterized by its repetitive bass line – and highlights its evolution as it moves from street to living room to concert hall.
Thomas Crawford conducts the chamber ensemble composed of strings and plucked instruments, with voice and percussion.
It features Mexican mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Peraza, who has appeared as a featured soloist with the New York Virtuoso Singers and at the majestic Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris in Mexico City.
Tickets, priced at $35 and $55, are available at aconyc.org or by calling the ACO at 212.362.2727, ext. 4. Ticket holders will be required to follow venue guidelines and show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to enter the building.
American Classical Orchestra Artistic Director and Founder Thomas Crawford is a champion of historically accurate performance styles in Baroque, Classical and Romantic music.
He founded two Connecticut orchestras: the Fairfield Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Old Fairfield Academy, the period instrument branch of the Fairfield Orchestra, renamed American Classical Orchestra in 1999.
With the Fairfield Orchestra, Crawford commissioned many works from composers including John Corigliano and William Thomas McKinley, and collaborated with artists such as Joshua Bell, John Corigliano, Vladimir Feltsman, Richard Goode, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman , André Watts and Dawn Upshaw.
He also conducted the world premiere of Keith Jarrett’s Bridge of Light at Alice Tully Hall, subsequently recorded on the ECM label. An accomplished composer, organist and choirmaster, Crawford won the prestigious BMI Composition Award for his organ work Ashes of Rose, premiered at the American Guild of Organists.
A passionate activist determined to bring the beauty of period music to a wider audience, Mr. Crawford’s educational activities with the Orchestra have received a National Endowment Learning in the Arts for Children and Youth Award. for the Arts, recognizing the dynamism of the New York City Schoolchildren COA. A native of Pennsylvania, he holds degrees in organ performance and composition from the Eastman School of Music and Columbia University.
American classical orchestra
Founded in 1984 as the Old Fairfield Academy Orchestra, the ensemble was renamed the American Classical Orchestra in 1999.
Founder and artistic director Thomas Crawford established his new permanent residence in New York in 2005.
Today it is the only large-scale orchestra in the city dedicated to performing 17th, 18th and 19th century music on period instruments.
Described as “simply splendid” by the New York Times, the ACO’s musicians are the best in their field, made up of artists who also perform with major New York ensembles such as Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Handel and Haydn Society and the New York Philharmonic. .
Its main players are faculty members of the Juilliard School, and the ACO works closely with students enrolled in the school’s historical performance program. The American Classical Orchestra Chorus, made up of professional singers from the New York metropolitan area, joins the ACO for larger productions.
By playing music on original instruments and using historical performance techniques, ACO strives to recreate the sounds audiences would have heard when the music was first written and performed.
The Orchestra and its “extremely talented musicians” (Theater Scene) have received critical acclaim for their recordings, educational programs, and concerts, including appearances at Alice Tully Hall and on Lincoln’s Great Performers Series Center, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and for a sold-out 25th anniversary performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at St. John the Divine Cathedral.
For more information visit aconyc.org
Photo credits: American Classical Orchestra with Guadalupe Peraza performing The Chaconne Project, November 2020 in Harlem Parish, courtesy of the ACO.