Baroque Soloists Concert to Feature Gold Medal Cellist at First Concert

Cellist Sergey Antonov, gold medal winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, will play in the first concert of the ninth annual Summer Concert Festival. Concerts start at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 10, 17, and 24, in the Historic Meeting House, First Congregational Church at the Green in Washington.

WASHINGTON — Washington Friends of Music presents the ninth annual Summer Concert Festival with world-class musicians and performances of The New Baroque Soloists at 5:30 p.m. Friday, September 10, 17, and 24, in the Historic Meeting House, First Congregational Church on The Green. Cellist Sergey Antonov, gold medal winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, will play at the first concert on September 10 with The New Baroque Soloists.

Mr. Antonov enjoys a versatile career as a soloist and chamber musician.

He has been touring extensively throughout Europe, Asia, North and South America performing in concert halls ranging from the Great Hall of Moscow Conservatory to Suntory Hall in Tokyo and at the Newport Festival.

He is a member of the critically acclaimed Hermitage Piano Trio with whom he has recorded several CDs and which in 2019 received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance.

The second concert, September 17 will be dedicated to the memory of Metropolitan Opera’s esteemed violist Vincent Lionti, who enjoyed performing with The New Baroque Soloists.

Washington Friends of Music said, “Mr. Lionti’s elegant performances, eloquent introductions of pieces and players and the wonderful and humorous anecdotes he shared with the audience will be dearly missed. He was a class act and will always be remembered with great admiration and appreciation.”

The best of baroque music’s composers will be featured at the third and final concert on September 24.

The programs for all three concerts will feature horns, oboe, strings, and bass continuo with solo pieces for cello and organ.

Highlights include G. F. Handel’s “Ombra Mai Fu” from Serse and Allegro from Concerto for Two Horns, Oboe, Strings, and Basso continuo HWV 331, thematically related to “Water Music”; “All’Elevazione” by Domenico Zipoli and “Dixit Dominus” by Antonio Vivaldi.

The members of the New Baroque Soloists, a chamber orchestra lead by Artistic Director Douglas Myers, are renowned solo as well as orchestral musicians performing in New York and Boston and revered for their uplifting performances.

Attendees who are vaccine-eligible must be fully vaccinated.

Everyone must wear a face mask and observe social distancing while indoors.

Attendance is limited. More information and tickets are available at WashingtonCT4Music.blogspot.com or 860-868-9174.

Tickets can also be purchased at the Hickory Stick Bookshop, Washington Depot, and at County Wine and Spirits, New Preston.

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