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Baroque Ensemble

Sunday, February 19, 2023 - 3:00pm
  • Baroque Ensemble

The UW Baroque Ensemble (Tekla Cunningham, director) presents its Winter Quarter concert. The performance is a collaboration with Voice faculty member Carrie Shaw and her ensemble of singers. The program includes works by Telemann and Graupner, and concludes with Bach's Cantata BWV 4 "Christ lag in Todesbanden." 


Christoph Graupner (1683-1760): Suite in F major
I. Overture 
II. Le Desire 
III. Menuet 

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) : Konzert in a moll, TWV 43:a3 for recorder, violins, and continuo
I. Adagio 
II. Allegro 
III. Adagio 
IV. Vivace 

G.P. Telemann: Quartet in g minor for recorder, violin, viola da gamba and continuo, TWV43:g4
I. Allegro 
II. Adagio 
III. Allegro 

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) : Cantata Christ lag in Todes Banden, BWV 4
Versus 1: Christ lag in Todes Banden 
Versus 2: Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt 
Versus 3: Jesus Christus, Gottes Sohn 
Versus 4: Es war ein wunderlicher Krieg, da Tod und Leben rungen 
Versus 5: Hier ist das rechte Osterlamm 
Versus 6: So feiern wir das hohe Fest 
Versus 7: Wir essen und leben wohl 

UW Baroque Ensemble 

Tekla Cunningham, director

Bryan Boehnke, recorder 
Hannah Chou, Tekla Cunningham, and William Yang, baroque violins 
Josephine, baroque viola 
William Storz, harpsichord and viola da gamba 
Tess Roberts, viola da gamba 
Ryan Farris, baroque cello 
Mia Kim, harpsichord 

UW Choral Cohort 

Carrie Shaw, director

Sarah Santos, Mavis Chan, sopranos 
Anjali Chudasama, Larke Witten, altos 
Tyler Kimmel, Zachary Rude, tenors 
Evan Norberg, Scott Fikse, basses 


Tekla Cunningham

Tekla Cunningham, baroque violin, viola and viola d'amore, enjoys a varied and active musical life. At home in Seattle, she is concertmaster of Stephen Stubbs' Pacific MusicWorks, principal second violin with Seattle Baroque Orchestra & Soloists, and plays regularly as concertmaster and principal player with the American Bach Soloists in California. She directs the Whidbey Island Music Festival, a summer concert series presenting vibrant period-instrument performances of repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to Beethoven.

She has appeared as concertmaster/leader or soloist with the American Bach Soloists, Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, and Musica Angelica (Los Angeles). She has also played with Apollo’s Fire, Los Angeles Opera, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and at the Carmel Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival and the Bloomington Early Music Festival. She has worked with many leading directors including Rinaldo Alessandrini, Giovanni Antonini, Harry Bicket, Paul Goodwin, Martin Haselböck, Monica Huggett, Nic McGegan, Rachel Podger, Jordi Savall, Stephen Stubbs, Jeffrey Thomas, Elizabeth Wallfisch and Bruno Weil.

An avid chamber musician, Tekla enjoys exploring the string quartet repertoire of the 18th and early 19th century with the period-instrument Novello Quartet, whose abiding interest is the music of Haydn. She is also a member of La Monica, an ensemble dedicated to music of the 17th century, whose concerts have been reviewed as “sizzling”, and praised for their “irrepressible energy and pitch-perfect timing”. With Jillon Dupree, harpsichord, and Vicki Boeckman, recorders, she plays in Ensemble Electra, known for its inventive programs and energetic performances.

She can be heard on recordings with the American Bach Soloists, Apollo’s Fire, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, San Francisco Bach Choir, various movie soundtracks including Disney’s Casanova, La Monica’s recent release The Amorous Lyre, a recording of repertoire of Merula and his contemporaries and the Novello Quartet’s recording of Haydn’s Op. 50 string quartets. This summer she recorded Mozart’s Flute Quartets with Janet See, Laurie Wells and Tanya Tomkins.

Tekla received her musical training at Johns Hopkins University and Peabody Conservatory (where she studied History and German Literature in addition to violin), Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, in Vienna, Austria, and at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she completed a Master’s degree with Ian Swenson. She teaches Suzuki violin in both German and English and is on the early music faculty of Cornish College for the Arts.

Newly appointed voice faculty Carrie Shaw (Ben Marcum Photo)

Carrie Henneman Shaw joined the Voice Program as an artist in residence in Autumn 2020. As a singer, Carrie engages in a wide variety of musical projects, but she focuses on early and contemporary music.

A sample of her work includes an upcoming solo recording on Naxos Records of early 18th-century French song; creating music for a live-music-for-dance project with James Sewell Ballet; and collaborating on a recording with the band Deerhoof. Carrie is a two-time winner of a McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and she is a member of two groups that focus on music by living composers, Ensemble Dal Niente, a mixed chamber collective, and Quince Ensemble, a treble voice quartet.

She appears in numerous recordings ranging from medieval sacred music to a video-game soundtrack, and before coming to the UW, she has been maintaining a full university studio for the six years and participating in educational residencies for composers and performers around the country, including UC-Berkeley, Stanford, New York University, the University of Chicago, and beyond.

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