The finale of Coastal Concerts’ current season, among its most successful ever, will be an appearance by Rebel Baroque Ensemble at 8 p.m., Saturday, April 20, in Lewes. Known for “astonishingly vital music-making” (The Los Angeles Times), this lively period-instrument band has become one of the most popular of its kind.
Named in honor of Jean-Féry Rebel, a strikingly original French Baroque composer, the group takes a provocative, highly expressive approach to its repertoire, the music of the 17th and 18th centuries. The result is the antithesis of well-mannered, dryly academic playing. These are musicians willing to dig in and hold nothing back. They will offer pieces by Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Georg Philipp Telemann and William Boyce. Also on the program will be selections by less-familiar composers Biagio Marini, Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer and Francesco Mancini.
The ensemble consists of Rebel’s co-directors Jörg-Michael Schwarz and Karen Marie Marmer on violins; John Moran on violincello and viola da gamba; Dongsok Shin on harpsichord; and Matthias Maute, whose artistry on recorder and early transverse flute has earned him an international reputation as one of the finest baroque wind players of his generation.
The 8 p.m. concert will take place in Bethel United Methodist Church Hall (wheelchair accessible), Fourth and Market streets, Lewes. Individual tickets are $25 and available at www.coastalconcerts.org. Ages 10-18, as well as one adult per youth, will be admitted free with advance reservations. Call 888-212-6458 for details.
During their visit, the Rebel musicians will also present two interactive concerts at Cape Henlopen High School, one for Cape music students and one for students brought in by bus from Beacon and Mariner middle schools, Lighthouse Christian School and The Music School of Delaware. Thanks to the assistance of the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation, Coastal Concerts is providing these experiences for young people as part of its Outreach Program.
Coastal Concerts is a nonprofit organization promoting classical music appreciation in the central Delmarva region. The engagement of Rebel Baroque Ensemble is a Delaware Performing Arts Presenters Initiative project made possible through funding by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts. The program also is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts.
For more information go to www.coastalconcerts.org.