Twisted Pearl performs 'all baroque, no chill' concerts Dec. 9-10

Twisted Pearl is hosting concerts this weekend with the theme, "all baroque, no chill' at two Wheaton churches.

The concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at at First Prebyterian Church, 715 N Carlton Ave., and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9-10, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 310 S. Wheaton Ave.

It is free, but there's a $15 suggested donation.

The musical works of this set were, in part, carefully selected at random. In addition to two delightfully chipper Baroque concerti, they are including a set of French Noëls (Christmas tunes) by the French composer Michel Corrette, as well as some contemporary carol arrangements in the baroque style by Conor Lyons.

The program will feature: J.B. Chevalier de St-Georges (1745-1799) - Quartet in D; M. Corrette (1707-1795) - Sinfonie des Noëls in D; Evaristo Teresa della Ciaja (c. 1699-1758) - Concertino 2 in G; C. Lyons (1999-) - Christmas Medley; C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788) - Fantasia for Solo Flute; A. Corelli (1653-1713) - Concerto Grosso in D (Op. 4, no. 6); and J.B. de Boismortier (1689-1755) - Trio in D (Op. 37, no. 3).

Twisted Pearl includes cellist Zoë Douthit, violinist Hannah Munnangi, classical guitarist, lutenist Nik Divall, pianist Davis Whyte, pianist and violst Timothy Holman, and harpsichordist Conor Lyons.

It is a Chicago-based band of talented young string players under the direction of harpsichordist Conor Lyons which specializes in European music from the 18th century. The group primarily explores lesser-played repertoire and expresses a distinct passion for sharing music in a way that not only demonstrates respect for the music itself through using period-appropriate techniques, but also recalls the warmth, intimacy, and emotional poignancy of Baroque performance.

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