CSEM: Cantatas of Clérambault & Rameau

March 17, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Salem Athenaeum
337 Essex St
Salem, MA 01970
Members and seniors, $25; non-members, $30. Free for students 17 and under.
Flynn Warmington

CSEM Presents Les Bostonades, with tenor Zachary Wilder

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.