Candlelight Baroque

St. Paul’s Chapel


The new Candlelight Baroque series features international baroque artists in solo and small chamber music concerts performing in an intimate candlelit setting in historic St. Paul’s Chapel.


Past Performances

Friday, September 13, 2019 at 7pmWatch Concert

Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Molly Netter, soprano; Sylvain Bergeron, lute and theorbo


Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 7pmWatch Concert

Bruce Dickey, cornetto; Hana Blažíková, soprano; Avi Stein, organ

This concert pairs the radiant voice of Czech soprano Hana Blažíková with international early-music star Bruce Dickey on the cornetto, fabled for its astonishing ability to imitate the human voice. The program celebrating this imitation is called “Breathtaking,” both because the voice and the cornetto make music with the breath and because the imitation can take the listener’s breath away. Some of the pieces are written for two soprano voices and others for an instrument and a voice; but in both, soprano and cornetto carry on a musical conversation, constantly imitating and echoing their musical phrases and embellishments so that the voice and the instrument seem intimately entwined. The program features music by Italian composers from the 17th century, including Francesco Cavalli, Tarquinio Merula, and Giacomo Carissimi, as well as ornamented versions of motets by Palestrina in which the cornetto takes a virtuoso improvisatory role.

Candlelight Baroque: Comfort from Home

Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7pmWatch Concert

Alana YoussefianIn her Candlelight Baroque recital Comfort from Home, virtuoso violinist Alana Youssefian will take a rare gut string approach to Johann Sebastian Bach’s Partita for Violin No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004, which includes the beloved and monumental Chaconne. Performing this work alongside selections from solo violin repertoire throughout history, Alana will create a unique experience that brings together a variety of performance styles in an inspired concert sure to bring you solace during this difficult time.

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