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Since its formation in 2010, Arcangelo has risen to the top ranks of period instrument ensembles. The Grammy-nominated group performs instrumental works by Bach and Buxtehude, interspersed with Handel's Nine German Arias. Rarely heard, the arias feature some of Handel's most vibrant and joyous music for both voice and solo instruments.

Please note that it is expected that this concert will take place at Shriver Hall. Learn more here.

"The spirit is lively, the expression spontaneous, the musicianship a delight." Financial Times on Arcangelo



    Arcangelo is one of the world’s leading ensembles, bringing together exceptional musicians who excel on both historical and modern instruments, brought together by founder and artistic director Jonathan Cohen. Its players believe that the collaboration required in chamber music, whether working in duos or as a chamber orchestra, is the highest expression of what it means to make music. Setting it apart from other ensembles, all performers are committed to this chamber ideal and as such Arcangelo attracts an outstanding calibre of performers who already have flourishing solo and chamber music careers. Their repertoire is principally from the early, baroque and classical periods, although there have been various successes with later repertoire and there are plans to develop in this direction in the future.

    Formed in 2010, Arcangelo has exploded onto the musical scene with verve and energy and has since enjoyed numerous invitations to appear at major festivals and concert halls in Europe and America. In August 2015 the Lachrminae Tour with Anna Prohaska was extremely well received by audiences across the UK, Austria, Germany, Switzerland and Spain:

    Later that year, Arcangelo appeared at the Dresden Arts Festival with music by Bach and Pergolesi, as well in the UK and Belgium with a tour of Three Bach Magnificats. In February 2016, the group toured with young and upcoming Norwegian violinist Vilde Frang, performing Mozart violin concertos at the Oslo Opera House and Zurich’s Tonhalle, where it was described by the Swiss newspaper Neue Zücher Zinder as ‘an ideal Mozart orchestra’.

    Arcangelo has also won great critical acclaim for its CD releases. Arcangelo’s debut CD was released with Hyperion Records in 2011 and featured cantatas by Porpora with star countertenor Iestyn Davies and was met with great success. According to The Guardian, ‘the musicianship is exquisite … and the embellishments are gorgeous’. Since this first recording, Arcangelo has collaborated with soloists both well-known and less well-known, cast at the highest level for each individual artistic project. Arcangelo’s subsequent albums have included partnerships with soprano Christiane Karg for a selection of stage arias in a disc entitled Scene!and Christopher Purves in a recording Finest Arias for Base Voice. This was selected by BBC Radio 3 as one of the outstanding recordings of the year and nominated for a 2013 Gramophone Award. In February 2015, Arcangelo’s recording of Mozart concertos with Vilde Frang on Warner Classics reached No. 1 in the UK specialist classical chart, was awarded an Echo Klassik Concert Recording of the Year and The Sunday Times Classical album of the week. Scene! won an Echo Klassik award in 2016. In 2017 it won a BBC Music Magazine award and a Gramophone Award, and in 2018 was shortlisted for a Grammy and a BBC Music Magazine award once again.

    Together with the collaboration with Christiane Karg in Scene!, Arcangelo’s CD Arias for Benucci with Matthew Rose was nominated for the 2016 International Opera Awards. In November 2015, a recording of Bach Violin Concerti with Alina Ibragimova was chosen as Classic FM’s Drive Time Album and BBC Music Magazine’s Recording of the Month.

    Arcangelo are delighted to have had a Residency with London’s Wigmore Hall in 2016-17 season, beginning with a concert in celebration of the Wigmore Hall’s 115th Anniversary. Widely recognised as producing a quality of musicianship that has made the ensemble in high demand as a partner for soloists, Arcangelo has reached a crucial stage as a young ensemble and is beginning to take on bigger repertoire challenges. Taking such artistic risks as Britten’s Phaedra, a Mendelssohn cantata with Christiane Karg on Scene!, and large-scale choral projects such as the Three Bach Magnificats project (disc launched in 2018), is an important part of the ensemble’s diversity and sets it among the many long-established early music ensembles.

    "Arcangelo…also breathe the music, capturing the frequent storminess but also bringing substantial dignity, their zing coming from their actual tone and lucid textural balance." —Gramophone


    Joélle Harvey

    A native of Bolivar, New York, soprano Joélle Harvey has quickly established herself as a noted interpreter of a broad range of repertoire, specializing in Handel, Mozart, and new music. She is the recipient of a 2011 First Prize Award from the Gerda Lissner Foundation, a 2009 Sara Tucker Study Grant from the Richard Tucker Foundation, and a 2010 Encouragement Award (in honor of Norma Newton) from the George London Foundation.

    Ms. Harvey begins the 2017-2018 season in concert with the Knoxville Symphony, performing Samuel Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915. She subsequently makes her Pittsburgh Opera debut as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro, and joins The English Concert as Almirena in Rinaldo. Further concert appearances include a return to the New York Philharmonic for Handel’s Messiah, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Handel & Haydn Society led by Masaaki Suzuki, and an appearance with the Laguna Music Festival for a concert of music by Brahms and both Clara and Robert Schumann. In the summer of 2018, she returns to the Glyndebourne Festival Opera for her role debut as Cleopatra in Sir David McVicar's iconic production of Handel's Giulio Cesare.

    Last season, Ms. Harvey joined the Milwaukee Symphony as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro and the Los Angeles Philharmonic as Pat Nixon in Nixon in China. In concert, she appeared with the Mostly Mozart Festival for Mozart’s Mass in C Minor and his Requiem, which she also sang with the Kansas City Symphony and the Utah Symphony. Additionally, she sang Handel’s Messiah with the Handel & Haydn Society and the National Symphony, joined the San Francisco Symphonyfor Mahler’s Das klagende Lied, and appeared with the London Symphony Orchestra and Concertgebouw for John Adams’ El Niño. She also appeared in concert with the LA Chamber Orchestra and the North Carolina Symphony. She concluded the season with a return to Glyndebourne Festival Opera as Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, a role she also performed with the BBC Proms.

    Ms. Harvey received Second Prize in Houston Grand Opera’s 2008 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers. She is a recipient of the Shoshana Foundation’s 2007 Richard F. Gold Career Grant, and was also presented with the John Alexander Memorial Award and the coveted Sam Adams Award for Achievement in Acting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM).

    Ms. Harvey received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in vocal performance from CCM, where she performed the roles of Amor in Cavalli’s L’Egisto, Emmie and Flora in, respectively, Britten’s Albert Herring and The Turn of the Screw, Poppea in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther, and Nannetta in Falstaff.

    "Harvey is a name to watch, a soprano with presence, pose and silvery top notes." —The New York Times

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Die ihr aus dunklen Grüften” from Nine German Arias, HWV 208

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Künft’ger Zeiten eitler Kummer” from Nine German Arias, HWV 202

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Das zitternde Glänzen der spielenden Wellen” from Nine German Arias, HWV 203

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale from "The Musical Offering", BWV 1079

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Süße Stille, sanfte Quelle” from Nine German Arias, HWV 205

Dieterech Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sonata in A minor for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo, BuxWV 254

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Flammende Rose, Zierde der Erden” from Nine German Arias, HWV 210

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Singe Seele, Gott zum Preise” from Nine German Arias, HWV 206

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“In den angenehmen Büschen” from Nine German Arias, HWV 209

Dieterech Buxtehude (1637-1707)

Sonata in B-flat major for violin, viola da gamba and basso continuo, BuxWV 255

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Süßer Blumen Ambraflocken” from Nine German Arias, HWV 204

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

“Meine Seele hört im Sehen” from Nine German Arias, HWV 207

Program Subject to Change Without Notice