PREETHI DE SILVA, fortepiano; director
STEPHEN SCHULTZ, baroque flute
SHANNON ZUSMAN, viola da gamba
M. ANNE RARDIN, baroque violin
Thus was sown the seed for the composition of the great multi-movement work, the Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV 1079, based on the royal theme. Bach completed the work soon after returning home to Leipzig and commissioned it to be engraved with a dedication to Frederick II.
Con Gioias concert presents selections from A Musical Offering, in a rare performance with fortepiano; a sonata for flute by the musically talented King Frederic II; and chamber music and solos by composers active at his court. The concert also commemorates the tercentenary of Frederic II.
Founded in 1982, Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble is based in Claremont and has performed widely through the U.S. Con Gioia, performing on period instruments and directed by Preethi de Silva from the fortepiano (the favored keyboard instrument at Frederick the Greats court), will feature acclaimed baroque flutist Stephen Schultz, with Anne Rardin on baroque violin and Shanon Zusman on viola da gamba.
Guest artist Stephen Schultz, is solo and Principal flutist with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica. A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Holland, has been recognized by the San Jose Mercury News as a musician who is among the most flawless artists on the baroque flute.
Preethi de Silva has been acclaimed by Londons Daily Telegraph as an artist of great accomplishment and originality and is an internationally known soloist and recording artist and emerita Professor of Music of Scripps College.
Known for their stylistically refined performances, M. Anne Rardin and Shanon Zusman can be heard regularly in concerts by local early music ensembles, including Musica Angelica. Rardin teaches baroque violin and the Collegium Musicum at Claremont Graduate University. Zusman specializes in instrumental music of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Claremont Graduate University, Santa Monica College, and College of the Canyons.