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We are thrilled to invite you to be a part of Sinfonia Spirituosa’s first full season! Thanks to the vision of Artistic Director Lorna Peters, concertmaster Jubal Fulks and many others, we have brought together a stunning roster of musicians from California, Colorado, New York, and beyond, who are dedicated to presenting bold, historically-informed performances on period instruments.

Sinfonia Spirituosa's concert entitled "The Spirit of Improvisation" reflects an astonishingly wide variety of national styles, and features captivating, rich and unique instrumental and vocal works which span over 120 years of Baroque music. The broad-ranging repertoire of this program exemplifies the spontaneous, improvisatory and often startling character of this period, and is a perfect showcase for the artistry and dramatic flair of this emerging ensemble.

The Program...

"Our concert begins with two movements from English composer Charles Avison's elegant Concerti Grossi. Our principle string players are highlighted in these masterful interpretations of the virtuosic keyboard sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti.

Praised for his power and drama, bass-baritone Daniel Yoder is featured in Henry Purcell's famous "Cold Song", a chilling and harmonically daring aria from King Arthur. This iconic work is set between an Overture and a Curtain Tune, two examples of Purcell's entertaining theater music.

An example of the wildly free and fantastic early Italian style, a violin sonata by Marco Uccellini will be performed by orchestra leader, Lindsey Strand-Polyak.

Our performance of the grand and magnificent music of Jean-Philippe Rameau includes a series of colorful dances inspired by exotic locales. The aria "Monstre affreux", (Terrible Monster) with its sense of longing and foreboding, again features bass-baritone Yoder in this emotional tour de force from the opera-ballet, Dardanus.

The program is rounded out with two works by Georg Philipp Telemann: a bright and showy concerto featuring acclaimed flutist Cathie Apple, and our ensemble’s namesake piece Sinfonia Spirituosa, a brilliant exhibition of the boundless energy, depth of feeling and joyful spirit of our orchestra.

More About Sinfonia Spirituosa

Our first full season includes concerts and teaching residences in San Francisco and Colorado (Denver and Greeley), at the Chico Bach Festival, and our home base of Sacramento, with repertoire ranging from our namesake piece, Telemann’s Sinfonia Spirituosa, to J.S. Bach cantata selections, Rameau ballet suites, the stylus fantasticus of early Italian composers, trio sonatas by Barriere, Locatelli and Boismortier, Purcell’s theater music, C.P.E. Bach’s quirky chamber music, and much more.

As we celebrate the music of the past, we are committed to inspiring young musicians of the future. Through immersion in a creative rehearsal and performance environment, our Mentorship Program aims to stimulate and support promising high school, undergraduate, and graduate level instrumentalists and singers who are interested in exploring original instruments and studying the musical language of the Baroque period. On our April 6th concert at the CLARA, we'll be joined by violinist Benjamin Gardner, who is finishing his Master of Music degree at the University of Oregon, Eugene. We are thrilled to mentor this gifted young musician during our spring 2019 season!

Information about upcoming concerts, our diverse roster of performers, how to support us, and more, can be found at our new website, sinfoniaspirituosa.org

Like our Facebook page www.facebook.com/sinfoniaspirituosa to stay current on what we’re up to.

Please join us at THE AUDITORIUM at CLARA on Saturday, April 6th.


Our program is below~~~We can’t wait to share this extraordinary music with you!

Sinfonia Spirituosa
Lorna Peters, Artistic Director

Charles Avison (1709-1770)
From Concerti Grossi after Sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti (1744)

Concerto Grosso No. 8 in E minor
I. Adagio

Concerto Grosso No. 9 in A minor
IV. Allegro

Lindsey Strand-Polyak & Cynthia Black, violin; Timothy Stanley, cello


Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767)
Concerto for Flute in D Major, TWV 51:D2 (ca. 1740)

Moderato - Allegro - Largo - Vivace

Cathie Apple, flute


Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Overture from The Gordian Knot Unty'd, Z. 597 (1691)

"What power art thou", from Act III, King Arthur, Z. 628 (1691)

Daniel Yoder, Bass-baritone

"Curtain Tune on a Ground", from Timon of Athens, Z. 632 (1694)


G.P. Telemann
Sinfonia Spirituosa in D Major, TWV 44:1 (ca. 1749)

Spirituoso - Largo - Vivace


Marco Uccellini (1603-1680)

Sonata Op. 7, No. 3

Lindsey Strand-Polyak, violin


Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)

From the Ballet Suite Les Indes galantes (1735)

Air des Incas
Air pour les esclaves africains
Air pour Zéphire

"Monstre affreux", from the Opera-Ballet Dardanus (1739)

Daniel Yoder, Bass-baritone

From Les Indes galantes

Air pour deux Polonais
Musette en rondeau

From the Ballet Suite Platée (1745)


Lindsey Strand-Polyak, guest concertmaster
Cynthia Black
Benjamin Gardner
Shannon Houston
Angelo Moreno
Naomi Rogers-Hefley

Vijay Chalasani
Jason Pyszkowski

Eva Lymenstull
Timothy Stanley

Daniel Turkos

George England
Peter Schimpf

David A. Wells

Cathie Apple

Lorna Peters

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