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December 12, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Early Music Missouri presents “Mit lieblichen Weisen”–17th-century German Music for Advent

Early Music Missouri continues its in-person 2021-2022 concert series, Early Music@First, with a seasonal program of music from 17th-century Germany. The concert includes works for voice and violin by Dietrich Buxtehude and Caterina Giani as well as solo violin sonatas by Heinrich Biber and others. Highlights of the program include the anonymous Sonata “Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern and Buxtehude’s cantata Singt den Herr ein neues Lied. Soprano Arianna Aerie will be joined by the violin/theorbo duo Musicke’s Cordes for this program.

The concert will take place on Sunday December 12 at 3:00 pm (CT) at The First Congregational Church of St. Louis in Clayton, MO, adjacent to the campus of Washington University in St. Louis. This in-person concert is open to the public and masking and social-distancing protocols will be observed. Admission to the concert ranges from $10-20 at the door.

This program is the third of six concerts presented by EMMo in its series Early Music@First. Spring 2022 concerts include a program for duo violas d’amore and guest appearances by the Boston-based duo Lyracle and Chicago’s Bach+Beethoven Experience.

Since moving to St. Louis a decade ago, Arianna Aerie (soprano) has established herself as one of the city’s finest and most versatile singers. She earned a BA from Oberlin College with vocal studies at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, continuing her training in Colorado with Martile Rowland of Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Her studies then took her to North Carolina where she worked with Marion Pratnicki of UNC School of the Arts. In North Carolina, Arianna performed frequently with the Piedmont Opera Company and served as a staff soloist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Winston-Salem. Arianna’s vocal versatility has earned her accolades as a performer of Early Music and opera, as well as in classical, musical theatre and jazz. She spent several years touring nationally with the Oikos Jazz Ensemble and has shared the stage with such local jazz legends as Kim Massie, Carol Beth True, and Kim Fuller Barnes.

Arianna currently serves as a soloist and section leader at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue, MO and has performed as a featured soloist with the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, Bach Society of Saint Louis and Collegium Vocale of Saint Louis. She appeared with Early Music Missouri in 2019 in the Early Music@First holiday performance of The Green Knight.

Performing as Musicke’s Cordes, Baroque violinist Samuel Breene and lutenist Jeffrey Noonan play a wide swath of 17th-century music including fantastic Italian sonatas, elegant French suites and rustic English variations on popular tunes. Samuel Breene and Jeffrey Noonan met in 2013 at Chicago’s Newberry Library as participants in a colloquium sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Informal reading sessions evolved into a performance plan that began in 2014 with concerts in Kansas City, St. Louis and New England. Since then, the duo has regularly presented concerts with appearances on college campuses and on concert series from the East Coast out into the West. These include performances in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina and Rhode Island. In addition to their work as performers, Sam and Jeff are both musicologists with wide-ranging experience and interests as researchers, writers and teachers.

Samuel Breene (baroque violin) is a scholar and performer whose activities and interests span the range of his instrument’s history and repertoire. Following his conservatory degree, Sam pursued advanced violin studies in Mainz, Germany. In graduate school at Duke University, he specialized in baroque violin and led the Duke Collegium Musicum. Since then, Sam has maintained a performing career that balances work on both early and modern violins. He has performed across this country with international appearances in Germany, Canada, Israel and Haiti. A member of the newly formed Providence Baroque Orchestra, Sam also served for a decade across New England with the Proteus String Quartet and has performed regularly with modern orchestras. These include appearances with the Rhode Island Civic Chorale and Orchestra, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Berkshire Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Opera Company of North Carolina.

In addition to his performing work, Sam is a musicologist whose research focuses on Mozart’s chamber music and performance practices of the Baroque and Classical eras. Sam holds a BM in violin performance from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music and two degrees from Duke University, the MM in Performance Practice and the PhD in Musicology. He has taught at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. Sam currently serves as Professor of Music at Rhode Island College where he directs the Music History Program and leads the RIC Early Music Ensemble.

Jeffrey Noonan (archlute & theorbo) has played early plucked instruments for over forty years across the Midwest. Based in St. Louis, he has performed regionally with various ensembles including Shakespear’s Bande, Early Music St. Louis, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Bourbon Baroque (Louisville), Madison Early Music Festival (Wisconsin), Ars Antigua (Chicago), and Musik Ekklesia (Indianapolis.) In addition to his work with Musicke’s Cordes, Jeff has also directed Such Sweete Melodie, a quintet specializing in seventeenth-century vocal repertoire and is a founding member of La petite brise, a trio featuring music for the Baroque flute. Jeff has received funding and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Newberry Library. In 2016, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission awarded him an Artist Fellowship in recognition of his work as a performer, teacher and scholar. In 2019, Jeff created Early Music Missouri and Early Music@First and serves as Artistic Director of both.


December 12, 2021
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$10 – $20
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First Congregational Church of St. Louis
6501 Wydown Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63021 United States
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