Trio Speranza – Early Music Series

4 p.m. Sun., Mar. 22 at the Byron Colby Barn

EMS_Trio Speranza_editedJoin Trio Speranza on Mar. 22 as they close the 13th annual Early Music Series which features highly acclaimed musicians performing music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods with their “Stylus Phantasticus: Old and New” performance. Admission is $18 for adults and is available at the door only via cash or check (no credit cards). To inspire early appreciation for the arts, children under 16 are admitted free.

“Stylus Phantasticus: Old and New” explores the enigmatic musical world of Northern Europe with a sojourn through works by Germanic composers. Dieterich Buxtehude’s compositions exemplify this ‘fantastic style’ that influenced contemporaries and successive generations of composers. Trio Speranza (Anna Griffis, violin; Cora Swenson Lee, cello; Jason Moy, harpsichord) explores the Stylus Phantasticus from its roots in Buxtehude through the tempestuous early works of J.S. Bach, and its evolution into the Galant style of Telemann, Abel, and others.

Trio Speranza is a dynamic new ensemble dedicated to presenting engaging and thought-provoking performances of both familiar and lesser-known repertoire from the Baroque era. The group made their debut in a Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert at the historic Trinity Church on Copley Square in the summer of 2013. They reprised their program of French Baroque chamber music by Barriere, Francoeur, Leclair and Boismortier with two performances in Chicago in early 2014, and are thrilled to be back this season in the hometown of both Jason Moy and Cora Swenson Lee.

Trio Speranza was awarded the Early Music America 2014 Baroque Performance Competition Presentation Prize, which recognizes the most innovative concert experience combining inventive programming, compelling program notes, and undeniable stage presence. Anna Griffis (violin), Cora Swenson Lee (cello), and Jason Moy (harpsichord) are all prolific Early Music performers and have collaborated extensively before forming Trio Speranza in Boston in 2013. Collectively, they hold degrees from McGill University, Boston University, Lawrence University, the Hartt School, and the Eastman School of Music, and regularly appear with respected Early Music ensembles around the country, including Boston Baroque, La Follia, Tempesta di Mare, the Newberry Consort, and New Trinity Baroque, among others. Trio Speranza has appeared in concert at Trinity Church Copely in Boston as part of the Boston Early Music Festival, as well as Quigley Chapel and DePaul University in Chicago. Come see this award-winning ensemble at the Byron Colby Barn!

Incredible music and architectural beauty combine to create a unique concert experience at the Byron Colby Barn. The Byron Colby Barn is located at 1561 Jones Point Road in Grayslake, inside the Prairie Crossing conservation community. From I-94 north, exit Route 120 west, turn south at Route 45, then right at Jones Point Road. Ample free parking is located in the parking lot adjacent to the Barn. Audience members are welcome to bring a bottle of wine to share with friends during performances. Click here to learn more about the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn.