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MUSA from the Archives
June 23, 2020
MUSA from the Archives

Rita Lily, Soprano

Mindy Ella Chu, Mezzo-soprano

David Wong, Guzheng and Guqin

Addi Liu, Violin

Laura Gaynon, Cello

Derek Tam, Harpsichord

A program of Western music written in and for Chinese courts, as well as Chinese music transcribed by European visitors of the 17th and 18th centuries.

This program captures an instance of European early music instrumentation being adapted and expanded and an interpretation of traditional Chinese form as part of a broader canon.

Charles d’Ambleville (d. 1637):  Selections from Messe des Jésuites à Pékin

Traditional Chinese Song: Jasmine Flower

Karl Kambra (fl. late 18th century): Chinese Canzonetta or Moo-Lee-Chua; The Peyho Boatmen or Higho, Highau

The Incantation of the Monk Pu’an

Matteo Ricci, Poetry and John Thompson, Music: My Promises are of Love; Shepherd Boy Wandering in the Hills                                         

Joseph-Marie Amiot 錢德明 (1718–1793), ed. Picard/Liu/Ta:  Deuxième Divertissement Chinois 

MUSA is a chamber ensemble dedicated to historically informed performances of Baroque and Classical repertoire, as well as new music for period instruments.

From trio sonatas to orchestral works, MUSA has presented programs on numerous concert series across the Bay Area.

The 2017-18 season includes programs at SF Music Day, Santa Cruz Chamber Players, Wednesday Noon Concerts at Throckmorton Theatre, Sunset Music and Arts, Foothill Community Concert Series, Third Sunday Concerts at St. Alban’s, Noontime Concerts at Old St. Mary’s, Presidio Sessions, Candlelight Concerts at St. Mary the Virgin, Marin Baroque Presents, and Resonance @ First Church Berkeley.

MUSA is a fiscal affiliate of the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music.