PUTNEY -- Sarasa will performa program of Baroque music on Sunday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., at Next Stage, 15 Kimball Hill.
Musicians from Boston and Vermont perform a program of trio sonatas and sonatas by Vivaldi, CPE Bach, J.S. Bach, Telemann and Corelli -- a mix of beautifully contemplative and dazzlingly virtuosic music. Tickets are $20 general, $18 seniors, $12 for students and free for children. Tickets are available at www.sarasamusic.org or at the door.
The musicians for this concert include:
* Jesse Irons, violinist born in Berlin, who is now making a career for himself in Boston. He has performed with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road ensemble among many others and is a regular member of the highly acclaimed A Far Cry chamber orchestra. He wears his Red Sox cap whenever the Yankees are in town and when not playing the violin enjoys cooking elaborate meals for friends.
* Sarah Cantor, who will perform on a number of different recorders, was born in Strafford and now lives in Brookline, Mass. She is a recorder virtuoso specializing in the interpretation of contemporary and early music. In addition to her performing career she is an active dancer and teacher.
* Timothy Merton, cellist, director and founder of Sarasa grew up in Putney, where he continues to spend most of his time when not doing public performances and outreach residencies with Sarasa in Cambridge, Mass. He also produces about 1,500 gallons of maple syrup from his sugarbush in Westminster West every spring.
* Matthew Hall, harpsichordist, studied music and linguistics at Harvard, and completed his master’s degree in musicology at the University of Leeds (UK). Now in Boston, he is director of music at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Waltham. He performs frequently in and around Boston as a solo harpsichord and organ recitalist.
Since 2002, Sarasa has worked in collaboration with the Department of Youth Services to bring classical concerts and musical residencies to the young men and women in its care. The ultimate goal of Sarasa’s outreach residencies is to convey to these youth the fundamental knowledge that what they do matters, and that, whether or not they believe it in the present moment, they have the power to shape and improve their lives.
One girl at Pelletier Center in Westboro, Mass., commented after a Sarasa visit, "I felt really comfortable and I’m not used to being so comfortable with people or myself. You guys made it so that everybody had a ‘voice’ ... P.S., really you guys should go on ‘America’s Got Talent.’"