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La Grande Bande: “Highlights from a Season At Home”

December 6, 2020, 3 pm4 pm.


Free Tickets: http://tickets.twinforksmusicivic.org

About this event:

La Grande Bande: “Highlights from a Season At Home” is a special Twin Forks Musicivic exclusive Musicast performance. This special Twin Forks Musicivic Musicast features highlighted performances from La Grande Bande’s 2020 virtual season.


Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
Quarto scherzo delle ariose vaghezze
“Si dolce e’l tormento”

Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Airs de cour (1689)
“Par mes chants tristes et touchants ”

Giuseppe Valentini (1681–1753)
Sinfonia in d, Op. 1, No. 4 (1701)
I. Vivace
II. Allegro assai
III. Grave
IV. Presto—Adagio—Presto

George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Trio Sonata in C for violins and continuo, HWV 403 (c. 1738)
I. Allegro
II. Andante larghetto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro

William Boyce (1711–1779)
Concerto Grosso in e
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Siciliana
IV. Allegro

About La Grande Bande:

With performances called “warm and sensitive” by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, La Grande Bande strives to present innovative, unique, and inspiring musical programs played on the instruments that premiere audiences might have heard. LGB is composed of musicians from across the United States and from around the world who are specialists in the field of Early Music—music written between c. 1600-1800—and who play on historical instruments and sing in an historical manner.

La Grande Bande aims to present “masterworks” alongside lesser-known compositions, illustrating the extensive musical production during the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries. Education is crucial to LGB’s mission, be it through program notes, through directed-educational events, open rehearsal sessions, or another method. LGB sees incredible value in resurrecting the music written by the great masters of our past; it’s a historical, cultural, and musical lesson rolled into one.

Harpsichordist & Conductor, Michael Thomas Asmus, is currently studying at Stony Brook University for a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Harpsichord Performance with Arthur Haas. As a conductor, he has been praised as a “conscientious [conductor]” with “a natural talent” and “a bright future” by audiences and ensembles alike. He has been lauded as a “versatile” continuo player (CNVC.org) with “judicious, rhythmically supple harpsichord playing” (Star Tribune). He is consistently lauded by his colleagues as a great musical collaborator.

Since June 2011, Michael has acted as the Music and Artistic Director of La Grande Bande, a non-profit, period instrument orchestra and chorus he founded in the same year.
To learn more about our musicians, or about La Grande Bande’s programming, visit www.lagrandebande.org.


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