Helikon Gallery and Sémplice Baroque Ensemble are pleased to present a concert in the gallery in conjunction with our June exhibition, ‘A Modern Baroque.’
Join us on Saturday, June 17 at 7:30pm for an intimate concert in the gallery, surrounded by contemporary art inspired by themes of the Baroque era. ‘A Modern Baroque’ brings together artists from across the United States working along themes of lavishness, complexity and adornment, exaggerated emotion– all with a 21st century twist.
Sémplice (pronounced SEM-plee-chay) is a Denver-based quartet specializing in the music of the baroque period, from 1600 to the mid-18th century. The quartet, comprised of Miriam Rosenblum on recorder, Carla Sciaky on baroque violin, Elinor Saragoussi on viola da gamba, and Ben Cohen on lutes and harpsichord, got their start playing house concerts. That informal atmosphere is perfect for this style of chamber music, so Sémplice carries that relaxed performance presentation wherever they go. Instead of concert black, printed program notes, and austere silence between tunes, Sémplice’s audiences enjoy stories about the composers, the instruments, and the cultural context from which the music was born, including the occasional tasty tidbits that depict the baroque characters as the actual human beings that they were.
Sémplice’s concert at Helikon Gallery on Saturday, June 17, will feature guest soprano Amanda Balestrieri, “revered for her baroque repertoire” (Washington Post). The Baltimore Sun praised her “silvery soprano”, and the Boulder Camera her “beautiful, tender tone.”
The ensemble will present instrumental and vocal pieces by Handel, Pepusch, Barsanti, Rameau, J. S. Bach, and Boismortier.
Concert Event: Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 PM - 9 PM