337 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
Cambridge Society for Early Music will present its final concert of the season at the Salem Athenaeum on Saturday, March 17: French Baroque music perfect for spring and thoughts of love. The performers are Les Bostonades, an ensemble with a “voluptuous” sound, directed by acclaimed harpsichordist Akiko Sato. They are joined by the captivating American tenor Zachary Wilder, whose bright and silken voice evokes sighs. His manner is easy-going, and his career soaring. This year alone he performs in six European countries, Japan and the USA. The program is entitled Amours Contrariées — Tragic Loves: Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau. The cantatas are small dramatic gems inspired by ancient myths, tales of the tremulous hopes, tender joys, and utter despairs of star-crossed lovers: Pyramus and Thisbe, and Orpheus and Euridice. From Rameau, there is a romantic-pastoral cantata in which an impatient lover awaits “the charming object” of his affection, as well as pieces for harpsichord — also charming. Don’t miss this evening of ravishing music! A convivial reception follows. The ensemble: Akiko Sato, director & harpsichord; Sarah Darling, Baroque violin; Teddie Hwang, traverso; & Emily Walhout, viola da gamba. All are welcome. Bring your friends! Tickets at the door (cash or check): $30 | $25 seniors & Athenaeum members | students free. Information: www.csem.org | 617-489-2062. Listen to Zachary Wilder at www.zacharywilder.com.