The Four Nations Ensemble, prestigious figures in the world of early music from the 17th and 18th centuries, will play two concerts December 12th at the New Hope Lower Elementary School, sponsored by the Delaware Valley Music Club’s Marie Paxson Fund. The Ensemble, consisting of flutist Antonio Campillo, harpsichordist Andrew Appel and cellist Loretta O’Sullivan, will begin with a 9:30am performance geared to young listeners in kindergarten, followed by a repeat concert for second graders.
Tuning up their instruments again at 2:00pm, The Four Nations Ensemble will appear at New Hope’s Trinity Episcopal Church to play the full program for the Music Club’s December concert. The program will include the Sonata for Flute and Continuo in E minor by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach, Sonata for flute and harpsichord in B minor by CPE’s father, J.S. Bach, and the Sonata for cello in D minor by Francesco Geminiani, an 18th century Italian composer who was a pupil of Scarlatti. Following intermission are Pieces de Clavecin (harpsichord) by Jean-Phillipe Rameau, as well as a Sonata for flute and continuo in G Major by Jean-Marie Leclair. The Ensemble this year is featuring works by both Baroque composers, commemorating the 250th anniversary of their deaths in 1763.
The Ensemble’s performance in New Hope is part of the Delaware Valley Music Club’s program to bring quality classical music to local school children. The children, including the little ones, are quite receptive to the music, and enjoy meeting and talking with the musicians, according to Laura Garawski, chairman of the Club’s Marie Paxson Memorial Fund, which sponsors the school performances. The Fund also awards cash prizes to winners of the Bucks County Symphony Youth Competition. The Fund was established in 1967 in memory of Marie Paxson, a local pianist and organist and a founding member of the Club.
Music Club members attend the concerts at no charge; there is a $10 fee for guests and the general public. The church is located at 6587 Upper York Road (Route 263) near Sugan Road in Solebury.