October 18, 2002
Bimbetta, a female quintet known for its willingness to push the classical music envelope, will perform Sunday in McKenna Theater of the Creative Arts building, as part of the Morrison Artists' Series.
The group performs early Baroque music on original instruments but with a cabaret sensiblity. The group was founded in 1993 by women who had grown tired of the formulaic recital ritual of classical music concerts. Bimbetta, which includes three sopranos, a harpsichordist and a Baroque cellist, will present works by Luigi Rossi, Monteverdi and Frescobaldi.
The award-winning ensemble's first recording, "The War of Love," was released in 1997 to critical acclaim. The Portland Oregonian has dubbed them the "hip girl group of period performance".
The show begins at 3 p.m., and admission is free.
The Morrison Artists' Series, a part of the Morrison Chamber Music Center, presents six free performances each year. The Center also supports an instructional program, with members of the Alexander String Quartet, the University's quartet in residence, coaching young chamber musicians in the SFSU music program. The Center is funded through a grant from the May Treat Morrison estate.
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