Hart and Hyman Go For Baroque

When: Sunday, May 3, 2009, 4pm
and Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6pm
Where: First Baptist Church, Ithaca, NY
and Tompkins County Public Library, Ithaca, NY
How Much: unknown

You know Laurie Hart and Judy Hyman, and you probably think of them as northern and southern fiddlers, respectively. Now you can hear them together, playing together in a different tradition that they have in common from way-back-when: baroque violin music, with a fun twist.

You have two chances to hear the show, on May 3 and May 6, at the Ithaca Community Orchestra's Spring Children's Concert. All ages welcome at the performances.

The concert, featuring author/narrator Raya Lee Then, violinists Judy Hyman and Laurie Hart, and music director Cayenna Ponchione, presents The Fiddler Crabs, a charming story entwined with exerpts of J.S. Bach's E major concerto, E major partita, and D minor double concerto, plus a little fiddling surprise by Laurie and Judy. It also includes Gounod's Petite Symphonie and Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice (yep, the one from Fantasia).

There are two performances: Sunday, May 3, 4pm, in the First Baptist Church, near Ithaca's Dewitt Park (followed by a reception), and Wednesday, May 6, 6pm, in the Tompkins County Public Library.

May 3 will definitely be the most exciting show, with some extra personnel (including the dynamic harpsichordist Dorian Bandy). We did some coaching in baroque performance practice with Cornell emeritus professor Sonya Monosoff, and between that and our fiddle backgrounds, you may be surprised by our approach!

Newsflash: Judy and Laurie will play the entire Bach Double Concerto (without the story) at the Grassroots Festival Sunday morning July 19 with Ithaca Community Orchestra as well!
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