ASTON MAGNA

Summer Music Festival

Starting June 24, 2022

Aston Magna at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center 0n 6-29-2013.

Enjoy five evenings of Baroque and early music by the Hudson Valley’s own early-music masters.

“A once-in-a-lifetime event—that is the characteristic nature of an Aston Magna concert.” – The Millbrook Independent

Friday, June 24 at 7pm*
The Devil’s in the Tales:
Scarlatti: Humanità e Lucifero (1704)
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale (1918)

Featuring Kristen Watson, soprano and Frank Kelly, tenor

Two musical/theatrical works feature the struggle between personifications of good and evil. Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Humanità e Lucifero” (1706) pits the Virgin Mary against Lucifer, and Igor Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du Soldat” (1918) dramatizes Satan’s Faustian bargaining for the soul of an innocent soldier. Both composers and their librettists were looking over their shoulders towards the medieval morality play, in which the existential contests between the forces of light and dark play out in stark, primary colors.


Friday, July 1 at 7pm*
The Chamber Music of Robert and Clara Schumann

Friday, July 8 at 7pm*
Chamber Music by J. S. Bach

Friday, July 15 at 7pm*
All Handel:
Cantata (Armida abbandonata), motet (Gloria) and trio sonatas

Vocal and instrumental music, including Handel’s dramatic cantata “Armida abbandonata” and his motet “Gloria.”  Dominique Labelle, soprano.


Friday, July 22 at 7pm*
Double Apotheosis:
Music of François Couperin, Arcangelo Corelli and Jean-Féry Rebel.

*Preceded by a 6:15pm pre-concert talk by Aston Magna Artistic Director, Daniel Stepner.

TICKETS:

$40 ($50 at the door)
$15 for Under 30 with ID
FREE for Full Time Students with Valid ID

Hudson Hall’s programs are made possible with support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.