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Burning River Baroque

  • The Institute at St. John's 2600 Church Avenue Cleveland, OH, 44113 United States (map)

At a Crossroad: Will you Live, Love, or Die?


Join Burning River Baroque for a diverse concert full of epic plot twists and compelling questions about how we interact with others in relationships. This intriguing program of French cantatas and harpsichord solos by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Julie Pinel, and Nicolas Racot de Grandval urges audience members to choose their own adventure while engaging with the characters. Can Sémele live to see her lover appear as a god? How do our reactions to the snapshot of her story in Jacquet de la Guerre’s cantata parallel our judgments of issues and people portrayed in the media? In Pinel’s cantata, we examine issues of consent in relationships and see a classic example of a lover pining after a disinterested beloved. In this refreshing story, the pursuer does not conquer his beloved nor force her to turn into a tree to escape; instead, he implores the nightingales to sing her a heartwarming song. In Grandval's epic parody, one soprano plays six different characters in an extraordinarily comedic rendition of "The Widow from Ephesus." On a more serious note, we witness a culture's view of widowhood and contemplate what we owe the deceased. Ultimately, we must each find the balance between pursuing our own happiness and pleasing others. This captivating hour of exquisite music will raise questions, challenge beliefs, and provide an excellent side of humor for good measure.

*Please Note that the time shown will change* More details regarding time will be coming soon!! We hope to see you there!! 

Earlier Event: January 27
Seed Swap