Columbia Baroque presents “The River Thames,” featuring Danny Jenkins on September 4

Danny Jenkins
Danny Jenkins

Columbia Baroque invites you on a tour of the great rivers of Europe for our 2015-2016
Concert Series, “Across the Water with Columbia Baroque.” Our season opening concert
visits “The River Thames” in London, with special guest artist J. Daniel Jenkins,
countertenor. The program features spectacular opera arias by Handel, Vivaldi and
Monteverdi, plus beautiful instrumental chamber music, and closes with Purcell’s “Sound
the Trumpet.”

Our journey begins with the gorgeous love duet featuring Jenkins and mezzo soprano
Brittnee Siemon,“Pur ti miro,” from the final act of Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di
Poppea. Jenkins is the soloist for the exuberant and frenetic aria, “Furibondo spiro il
vento,” from Handel’s opera Partenope, which features comic romantic complications
and gender confusion. “Spoza son disprezzata” from Vivaldi’s Bajezet gives Siemon the
role of the weeping scorned villainess. The instrumental selections include: “Captain
Hume’s Lamentation” for violin and gamba by Tobias Hume, which shows the serious
side of this oft-times prankster composer; “Lady Pembroke Sonata” for gamba and
harpsichord by renowned gamba composer and performer Carl Friederich Abel; the
familiar Handel F major Sonata for recorder and continuo; and a lovely Broken Consort
by Matthew Locke. Concluding the program, the ever-popular duet, “Sound the
Trumpet” from Come Ye Sons of Art, which was written by Purcell as an Ode for Queen
Mary’s Birthday. The memorable tune has been delighting audiences for over three
hundred years.

Guest artist, J. Daniel Jenkins, is an associate professor of music theory at the University
of South Carolina. He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music,
University of Rochester, an M.M. from the University of Louisville, and a B.M. from the
University of Kentucky. He was a fellow at the Mannes Institute for Advanced Studies in
Music Theory and a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna in 2005-2006. At USC, Jenkins is
affiliate faculty in International Studies, Euro Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies.
Joining Jenkins are Columbia Baroque members: Brittnee Siemon, mezzo soprano; Jean
Hein, Baroque recorders; Erika Cutler, Baroque violin; Gail Ann Schroeder, viola da
gamba; and Jerry Curry, harpsichord.

“The River Thames” will be presented Friday evening, September 4 in the Recital Hall at
the University of South Carolina School of Music, 813 Assembly St. in Columbia.
“Concert Conversations,” hosted by Sarah Williams, University of South Carolina Asst.
Professor of Music History, begins at 7 p.m. with the performance at 7:30 p.m. Tickets
are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and students attend free. For ticket purchase and
information, visit

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