Early Music at Saint James opens its 2016-17 season with A Chill in the Air, possibly the first time in Lancaster’s history that a full baroque orchestra will present the works of Vivaldi and his contemporaries.  Every detail of every instrument in the orchestra is authentic to the time the music was composed!  At the heart of the program is “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which conjures up the cool breezes, hunts and the harvest of the fall.

Tempesta di Mare – led by co-directors Gwyn Roberts (recorder and flute) and Richard Stone (lute) – will present “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons featuring concertmaster Emlyn Ngai. Vivaldi’s masterpiece will be placed in the context of his contemporaries, an array of pan-European composers who inspired and surrounded him. Against a backdrop of “Autumn” from The Four Seasons, Fall: A Chill in the Air juxtaposes three Italian instrumental works with two dramatic French offerings, including four seldom-heard works: an overture by the Florentian Francesco Maria Veracini, a concerto by Veronese composer Evaristo Felice dall’Abaco, and theatrical works by Pascal Collasse and Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

TEMPESTA DI MARE PHILADELPHIA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA & CHAMBER PLAYERS  Fanfare magazine has hailed Tempesta di Mare for its “abundant energy, immaculate ensemble, impeccable intonation, and an undeniable sense of purpose.” Led by directors Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone with concertmaster Emlyn Ngai, Tempesta performs baroque music on baroque instruments with a repertoire that ranges from staged opera to chamber music. The group performs all orchestral repertoire without a conductor, as was the practice when this music was new. Tempesta’s Philadelphia Concert Series, noted by the Philadelphia Inquirer for its “off-the-grid chic factor,” emphasizes creating a sense of discovery for artists and audiences alike.

Tempesta’s international appearances have included the Prague Spring Music Festival, the Göttingen Handel Festival, the Mendelssohn-Remise Berlin and the International Fasch Festival in Zerbst. Notable North American presenters have included the Frick Collection, the Oregon Bach Festival, Abbey Bach Festival, Whitman College, Cornell Concerts, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, the Flagler Museum, and the Garmany Series, Hartford. In spring 2016, the orchestra performed on the Miami Bach Festival. In spring 2017, the Tempesta di Mare chamber players will return to the Frick Collection in New York.

Possessed of a keen musical intelligence and a vocal range from high-lyric mezzo to soprano, Marguerite Krull has garnered praise for a variety of roles ranging from the early Baroque through Contemporary eras.  She has sung with opera companies and symphonies across the globe, including Lyric Opera of Chicago, New York City Opera, Teatro Colón (Argentina), Glimmerglass Opera, Washington National Opera, National Symphony Orchestra, La Monnaie (Brussels, Belgium), Caramoor International Music Festival, Opéra de Québec, Opéra de Bordeaux, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, Handel and Haydn Society (Boston), Bach Choir of Bethlehem, American Bach Soloists, San Francisco Bach Choir and Tempesta di Mare (Philadelphia), to name just a few.

Recent appearances include the role of Calliope in Handel’s Alceste with the American Classical Orchestra at Alice Tully Hall; soprano solos in Bach’s Oster-Oratorio with the St. Thomas Choir of Men and Boys and Concert Royal (New York); Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Berkshire Choral International; premiere performances in New York and Washington, D.C. of Elena Ruehr’s cantata Averno (recorded for the Avie label); and Arbace in Vivaldi’s opera Cato in Utica with Ryan Brown and Opera Lafayette. www.MargueriteKrull.com