SOLD OUT !! Lux Concert: The Music & Wines of Venice & Verona, Italy

Loretta O'Sullivan, Alberto Busettini, Don Winkler, Aberfoyle Baroque
Alberto Busettini, Harpsichord; Loretta O'Sullivan, Baroque Cellist; Don Winkler, Wine Reviewer
Saturday, October 8, 2016 - 6:30pm
3137 Aberfoyle Place, N.W., Washington DC 20015
Program Details: 

This Lux Concert features works for solo harpsichord, solo Baroque cello, and Baroque cello with harpsichord continuo written by composers living in Venice and Verona in the 18th century.  Works by Antonio Vivaldi, Baldassare Galuppi, Benedetto Marcello, Giovanni Benedetto Platti, and Joseph Dall'Abaco will be featured.  The musical works will be paired with complimentary fine Veneto-Valpolicella wines selected and presented by international wine reviewer, Don Winkler.  Complimentary delicious Italian-style small plates will be served.  


- Harpsichord solo: Antonio Vivaldi - Bach-Vivaldi Concerto in F major, BWC 978 (Allegro movement) 

- Baroque Cello solo: Joseph Dall'Abaco - Capriccio No. 1 

- Harpsichord solo: Baldassarre Galuppi - Sonata in D minor, Op. 1, No. 2 

- Baroque Cello & Harpsichord: Antonio Vivaldi - Sonata in E minor, RV 40 

- Baroque Cello solo: Joseph Dall'Abaco - Capriccio No. 8 

- Baroque Cello & Harpsichord: Benedetto Marcello - Sonata in F major 

- Baroque Cello & Harpsichord: Giovanni BenedettoPlatti - Sonata Seconda

Alberto Busettini
Alberto Busettini

Even as a young child Alberto Busettini had a deep interest in the Harpsichord and  Early Music. His passion for this music became his profession and life. After graduating with highest marks and mention in Italy, he specialized in Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Baroque Orchestra in The Netherlands and subsequently studied at Chigiana Academy with Christophe Rousset. Giving thousands of concerts across Europe, Alberto is an appreciated soloist and conductor, and is widely sought after to perform with many well-known early music groups including Contrarco Baroque Ensemble, Venice Baroque Orchestra and Opera Stravagante; to participate in Early Music Festivals such as Grandezze e Meraviglie, Alte Musik Live Berlin, Festival Monteverdi, Musikfest Kreuth, Wunderkammer, and Festival delle Ville Venete; and perform with renowned artists such as  Alfredo Bernardini, Sara Mingardo, Stefano Montanari, Silvia Frigato, Anna Fusek, Sergey Malov, Angelo Manzotti, Michael Radulescu, Filippo Maria Bressan, Gabriele Cassone. Alberto Busettini a highly esteemed soloist, frequently performing on original instruments like the Walter harpsichord (1696) in Tolmezzo (IT) or in Paris on the Collesse 1748 harpsichord.He is Visiting Professor for Harpsichord, Basso Continuo and Historically Informed Interpretation Praxis at the Early Music Department In the Faculty of Music in Ljubljana (Slovenia), and also holds the position of harpsichordist and “Maestro di Sala” for Early and Baroque Music Projects in the Teatro La Fenice, Venice. What the Critics say about Alberto:In XVII Century’s Italian Music “Alberto Busettini shows from the first bars great technical skills and a phrasing adhering Baroque aesthetics based on the wonder and the representation of the affects.”About performing Scarlatti’s Sonatas “The influences of Spanish folk music that reverberates in Scarlatti are evident, thanks to the clarity of Busettini, his exceptional extremely attention to details of the score, even the less obvious ones.”“In the French Repertoire  the public can admire in the Italian Harpsichordist the great choice of Tempi for the dances and pieces and the richness of the ornaments as Couperin wanted; Rameau and Royer give to Busettini the opportunity to show his technical skills in this real virtuoso style.”InstArt © Sergio Zolli 

Don Winkler
Don Winkler

Donald Winkler is co-publisher and editor of the International Wine Review. Over the past two decades he has traveled to most of the world’s important wine regions in North America, Europe, South Africa, the Antipodes, and South America and has written extensively about the terroir, vineyards, winemaking and wines of those regions.  With his business partner he has written over fifty in-depth technical reports and hundreds of articles on wine-growing regions and producers around the globe.  He has also served as judge for the final round of Virginia’s Governor’s Cup. Trained as an economist, he has a special interest in wine markets. Prior to dedicating himself full-time to wine writing, he taught economics at the University of California and University of Southern California and did international development work for the World Bank.  He lives most of the year in Washington, DC, but also spends time at his Cape Town residence, conveniently located near the vineyards of Constantia. 

Loretta O'Sullivan
Loretta O'Sullivan, Cellist

"an agile, eloquent player"(New York Times)Ms. O'Sullivan who performs on Baroque, Classical, and modern cello is one of America's most honored and valued continuo players and is equally admired for her poetic and refined interpretations of the solo cello repertory from its earliest days through the 19th century. She has played key roles in chamber ensembles including the Four Nations Ensemble, The Haydn Baryton Trio and the Classical Quartet. In concert and recording, Ms. O'Sullivan has given memorable performances of music by Frescobaldi, Caldara, Porpora, Leclair, Handel, Haydn, Schobert, Mozart and Beethoven, performing cello sonatas, concertos, trio sonatas, arias with cello obbligato, string quartets and virtually every form and format in three centuries of well known and rarely heard music.Ms. O'Sullivan also plays key roles in American music making as continuo cellist for both Opera Lafayette with whom she has performed works of Philidor, Monsigny and Francouer at the Opera de Versailles as principal cellist. She is continuo and principal cellist for the Bach Choir of Bethlehem, one of America's most venerable musical organizations. On modern cello, Ms. O'Sullivan is heard with the St Luke's Orchestra in New York.Ms. O'Sullivan has performed at halls including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, Merkin Concert Hall, the New York Historical Society, Columbia University, Yale University, London's Wigmore Hall, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, England, and Esterhazy Palace in Austria and in festivals including Mostly Mozart in New York, Ottawa Chamber Music Fest, the New England Bach Festival and New Haven's Festival of Arts and Ideas.As a teacher and lecturer Ms. O'Sullivan has participated in residencies for University students as well as arts in education programs for children from 5 to 18 years old. Loretta gave a pre-concert lecture for Yo-Yo Ma's performance of the Bach Cello Suites in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and has given performance practice master classes at Brooklyn College, the University of Iowa, Memphis State University, and the University of Wisconsin. She has coached baroque cellists at Rutgers University, Mannes School of Music, and The Juilliard School.Her performances of the complete Geminiani Sonatas with the Four Nations Ensemble can be heard on Orchid Classics. Previous recorded solo performances include sonatas of Vivaldi and Porpora as well as her own transcription of the Biber Passacaglia. 

Alberto Busettini plays Froberger's Toccata IX
Loretta O'Sullivan performs with The Four Nations Ensemble