Coming up in Philly Music: Tempesta di Mare hosts a Baroque garden concert

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The players will perform works from various composers, including Georg Philipp Telemann. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)
The players will perform works from various composers, including Georg Philipp Telemann. (Image via Wikimedia Commons.)

This weekend, Tempesta di Mare will present two outdoor chamber music concerts on the grounds of the Awbury Arboretum in Germantown—a good setting for a Baroque garden concert featuring Baroque music for winds.

Tempesta will live stream an “opening night” concert Friday, October 23, without an in-person audience. The opening night video will be available on-demand for a week.

The Saturday concerts will take place under a tent, with limited seating and all the social etiquette imposed by the realities of the current pandemic. The musicians will play twelve feet from the front of the audience, social distancing will be maintained, hand sanitizers and other necessities will be available.

Whistling with the wind

Tempesta has scheduled a program that includes interesting combinations of the four Baroque woodwinds: the wooden Baroque flute, the recorder, and the Baroque versions of the oboe and the bassoon. The instrumental roster even includes a “voice flute”—a type of recorder that was so special it had its own name. The four wind players will all play two instruments in the course of the program and the musicians are all members of the Tempesta di Mare Baroque Orchestra, including co-director Gwyn Roberts (flute and recorder). The winds will be accompanied by the special sound of co-director Richard Stone playing the bass lute and Lisa Perry playing the viola da gamba (the older, less assertive cousin of the cello).

What, When, Where, and Accessibility:

Tempesta di Mare will present The Four Winds with an opening night livestream on Friday, October 23 at 7:30pm. The video will be available on-demand through November 1. Then, in-person outdoor performances audience Saturday, October 24 at 3pm and 5:30 pm at the Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Road, Philadelphia.

Tickets for in-person performances and the on-demand video are $30. Pay what you can tickets available for students and victims of COVID-19. For tickets and information visit online.

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