October 3–7, 2013
The Aston Magna Summer Festival has drawn enthusiastic audiences for over forty years. What are the secrets of its magic? The relaxed atmosphere of summer plays a part; the shifting, even kaleidoscopic groupings of expert performers; the freedom to explore the whole world of early music, from the great masters to the unknown gems, and an abiding interest in the social and political background in which the music arose. The result: unexpected works rub shoulders in thought-provoking programs.
This October, four of the leading lights of Aston Magna, led by violinist and director Daniel Stepner, carry that festival magic into Indian summer with a concert of music from the height of the Baroque. On the menu: a delightful Bach sonata for violin and harpsichord, one of the all-time greats; a rarity by Erlebach; and Tartini’s famous “Devil’s Trill” sonata, which evokes the unearthly beauty of a dream. The amazing soprano Teresa Wakim, whose voice is “gorgeous and profoundly expressive” (Plain Dealer, 2011), will bring songs by Handel inspired by Nature’s beauty, and dramatic music by Henry Purcell—love, despair, and a magnificent, love-crazed mad song. All the performers will join together for arias from Bach’s Wedding Cantata: love is joyfully fulfilled. A sumptuous feast!