Connecticut Early Music Festival leading the way

The ensemble REBEL kicks off the Early Music Festival with a concert of Corelli Saturday.

This year's Connecticut Early Music Festival comes with the title "Vanguards: Leaders and Followers in the European Musical Tradition."

It is, in fact, all about composers who broke new stylistic ground - and about those who followed them.

The festival, which encompasses three weekends, begins with the group REBEL performing "Barocco: Musical Treasures of the 17th and 18th Centuries" Saturday at Connecticut College. The program explores how Arcangelo Corelli's work influenced form, style and instrumental technique all over Europe.

On Sunday, the fest moves to the Wadsworth Atheneum for Connecticut Early Music Ensemble's "Music from the Age of Caravaggio," coinciding with the exhibit "Burst of Light: Caravaggio and his Legacy." The concert promises music by the likes of Gesualdo and Marenzio as it examines "the new methods painters and composers used ca. 1600 to create drama and contrast."

- KRISTINA DORSEY

Connecticut Early Music Festival schedule

SATURDAY: REBEL presents "Barocco: Musical Treasures of the 17th and 18th Centuries," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Evans Hall, Connecticut College

SUNDAY: Connecticut Early Music Ensemble performs "Music from the Age of Caravaggio," 5 p.m. Sunday, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford; $30, $25 museum members, $12 students

JUNE 22: Wayward Sisters present music by Braggarts, Hotheads, Curmudgeons & Snobs, 7:30 p.m. June 22, Evans Hall, Connecticut College

JUNE 23: Gotham Early Music Scene presents "The Play of Daniel," 4 p.m. June 23, Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College

JUNE 29: TENET performs Couperin's Lecons de tenebres pour le mercredit saint, 7:30 p.m. June 29, Christ the King Church, Old Lyme

JUNE 30: Handel and Haydn Society performs music by Vivalid and his followers, 4 p.m. June 30, Evans Hall, Connecticut College

Tickets are $25 general admission, $30 reserved, $12 students, except where noted. Call (860) 439-2787 or visit ctearlymusic.org.

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