Party Bohemienne

Music from Dazzling 18th Century Prague

Fri – JANUARY 26, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

Bastyr University Chapel
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Sat – JANUARY 27, 2024 @ 7:30 PM

Town Hall Seattle
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These concerts are generously sponsored by Bill McJohn.

The Kingdom of Bohemia doesn’t get much airtime in the history of Baroque music. But far from being a musical backwater, 18th century Prague boasted a dazzling array of musical talents. Czech musicians worked in many of the great courts of Europe, and Count Wenzel von Morzin (the dedicatee of the beloved Four Seasons) maintained an orchestra in Prague that Vivaldi himself described as “virtuosissima”. Directed by Nate Helgeson, the SBO will bring you back in time exploring some of the finest Czech composers of the age.

Pre-Concert Chat: Meet the Baroque Bassoon and Viola de Gamba (Starts at 6:45)

For this pre-concert chat, pre-college Baroque bassoonist Rylie Patching and college student viola de gambaist Tess Roberts will perform “6 Sonate per 2 fagotti o per violoncello e basso Op. 1 – Sonata I” by Giuseppe Chinxer (1700?-1745?). Following their performance, a brief discussion about Chinxer will be provided as he is a lesser-known Italian composer from the Baroque period. Following this discussion, Rylie and Tess will provide a meet the instruments continued with a Q&A session with the audience. To conclude, Rylie will introduce her on-going project “Y-415 Connection”. More information about Rylie’s project can be found on the Instagram handle @y415_connection.


Johann Georg Orschler – Allegro from Sonata in F minor
Orschler – Sonata in F minor
Samuel Capricornus – Sonata no. 4, a 3
Frantisek Jiranek – Sonata in C major for Violin and BC
Johann Friedrich Fasch – Concerto in C Major for bassoon and strings
Frantisek Tuma – Partita in D, a 4

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