Our Musical Programs - Educating, Challenging & Entertaining
Unique & Innovative Programs
concert programs such The Godfather,
Burn't & Musical Offerings,
The Wrong Man!, Music
in the Time of Frankenstein, Barn
Dance with the prize winning fiddling group Jaybird, Torch
Songs, The Court: Versailles and
The Forbidden City with guest artists Music from China, Shakespeare's
World , an evening of readings from the works of Shakespeare,
Marlowe and Donne interspersed with the glorious music of William
Byrd, and an evening of popular songs by George Gershwin, Cole
Porter, Irving Berlin and Noel Coward combined with the music
of Henry Purcell titled, The Theater:
The Haymarket and Broadway, make The Four Nations Ensemble
among the more innovative groups performing today.
have been uniformly unanimous in their praise of The Four Nations
Ensemble's programming. To view the complete programs and read
what the critics have to say, just click on any of the links above.
Musical Time Travel: Image, Color, Drama
Bennett and Darcy's long-awaited realization of love finds new sighs
and tears of joy in recent film adaptations of Jane Austen's touching
and humorous late 18th-century novels. Sleek columns and pilasters soothe
city dwellers' eyes with images from Palladio and Adams; re-interpretations
of ancient buildings in post-modern architectural design. The painters
Guercino and Zurburan, so long forgotten, excite admiration after years
Today we delight in the images, colors and dramas of the past. In the
same way, authentic instruments and performance styles are revitalizing
every music lover's relationship to Bach and Handel, Mozart and Beethoven,
while opening up new treasures of music which have long been silent.
The Four Nations Ensemble has performed the works of Mondonville and
Schobert along with the trios of Beethoven and Haydn
on the stages of Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, as well as in the
intimate rooms and churches of chamber music societies around the nation.
The effect on the audience is much like time travel. The sounds shimmer
and music lovers listen in quiet astonishment to the timbre of gut strung
violin and cello and quilled harpsichord. Each program offers a rich
voyage into a world of old music enlivened with immediate expression
Exciting & Interesting Programs
Four Nations concerts are carefully crafted so that each program
offers a varied and communicative tour through chamber music from
the 17th through 19th centuries. Well known masterworks are heard
alongside neglected treasures. These "new" works which inspired
the greater masters still have the power to delight today. Each
concert is an opportunity to rediscover the supreme genius of our
favorite composers while visiting the very attractive works of their
contemporaries. Joined by fine and renowned singers and instrumentalists,
The Four Nations Ensemble also presents concerts of vocal chamber
music along with trio sonatas and chamber concertos, including the
Brandenburg concertos and Vivaldi's sparkling works.
The Four Nations Ensemble, a trio of violin,
cello and keyboard (both harpsichord and fortepiano) has been engaging
audiences around the country with vivid, colorful and emotional
performances of music from Purcell and Monteverdi, through Bach
and Couperin, to Beethoven and Schubert. Played on the instruments
that inspired and challenged composers, this music, from the most
esoteric to the most familiar, again delights today's music lovers.
New timbres and a fresh approach to old masterworks mark each concert
of the Four Nations Ensemble. The sounds of the instruments bring
us into the sensitive world of the past while the emotional intensity
is direct and contemporary.
Intimate & Communicative Presentations
Pre-concert talks are an integral part
of a Four Nations concert. The music at hand is placed in context
through allusions to society, history, art and literature. Humorous
and sometimes shocking anecdotes convey serious and illuminating
information. Andrew Appel, artistic director of the ensemble, challenges
the audience with questions and signposts that direct the attention
of each listener and enhance his or her enjoyment of the repertoire.
Concerts Tailored to Your Events
The Ensemble's understanding and knowledge of a vast available repertoire
has been successfully used to enhance events at art museums, historical
societies and universities throughout the country. Four Nations'
musicians delight in crafting programs for unique events, from historical
celebrations and religious holidays to professional conventions
and student activities.