The Da Camera Society’s Chamber Music in Historic Sites concert series begins its 2011-2012 season with the Los Angeles debut of Montreal-based Ensemble Masque at the beautiful and historic Doheny Mansion on Saturday, October 29th at 8:00 p.m.
The six member ensemble of period instruments will perform the works of Johann Sebastian Bach (Harpsichord Concerto in D, BWV 1054), H. I. von Biber (Sonata a 5 in B flat major), Johann Rosenmuller (Sonata a 5 in g), Georg Philipp Telemann (Burlesque Don Quixote) and Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (Balletto a 4 “Fechtschule”, a musical sword fight). After the concert, attendees are invited to enjoy a catered wine and champagne reception and the opportunity to meet and speak with the artists.
Founded in 1998, Ensemble Masques is an early music ensemble, performing vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th centuries. The name of the ensemble is inspired by the masques of Elizabethan England - mystical performances that fused poetry, music, dance, and drama. The ensemble has gained critical acclaim having performed for audiences around the world. Since 2004 they have released four albums.
Chamber Music in Historic Sites is a roaming concert series pairing outstanding Chamber Music ensembles with historical architectural treasures. With 23 to 29 concerts each year staged in relatively intimate settings, the Society is both the largest and the smallest presenter of chamber music in the Southland. Past programs have included newly-discovered music of the California missions at Mission San Fernando, music from the court of Louis XIV at a Pasadena "chateau," a children's concert of Japanese traditional music at the Aikido Center in Little Tokyo, the great American Jazz legend Milt Jackson at Union Station, the Tallis Scholars in an English Gothic-styled church, and Poncho Sanchez at the Mayan Theater.
The Ensemble Masques concert is part of the Da Camera Society’s Doheny Soirees – a series of concerts now in its 39th season, which are held in the Doheny Mansion’s Pompeian Room, under the spectacular Tiffany glass dome. The Doheny Mansion is located at 8 Chester Place in Downtown Los Angeles, on the campus of Mount St. Mary’s College.
For more information visit www.DaCamera.org.