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Alums to perform neglected music with new Russian orchestra

Posted 10/17/03

Musica Antiqua revives pieces once lost
Steven Fox '00
Steven Fox '00

Elizabeth Roberts '00
Elizabeth Roberts '00

On Saturday, Nov. 1, the Dartmouth music department will host the return to campus of Steven Fox '00 and Elizabeth Roberts '00 for an evening concert with Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg in Rollins Chapel. The concert marks the first time Fox, a conductor, and Roberts, a soprano, will return to Dartmouth to perform period-instrument pieces.

The concert, which begins at 8 p.m., is free and open to the public. In addition to the evening performance, Fox, Roberts, and members of the orchestra will conduct master classes and workshops for students in the music department on Friday, Oct. 31. A dress rehearsal, which lasts from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1, in Rollins Chapel, is also free and open to the public.

Fox, who will conduct the program, is the founder and director of Musica Antiqua, a period-instrument orchestra from St. Petersburg, Russia. Fox completed his master's degree at the Royal Academy of Music, London, in 2003. With support from a Reynolds Scholarship, he established Musica Antiqua in 2001. He has sponsored the preservation of neglected Russian music from the 18th-century and advocates the performance of this music on instruments from the period.

Fox's guest soloist is Roberts, a soprano and Artist Diploma in Opera student at the University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music. At Dartmouth Roberts studied voice with Louis Burkot, participated in the Opera North Studio Artist Program in Lebanon, N.H., and produced and sang the title role in the opera Alcina as a Senior Fellow in Music.

At the Rollins Chapel performance, Fox and Roberts will perform Russian composer Maxim Berezovsky's Symphony in C, which Fox recently discovered in the Vatican Archives. Because one of the goals of Musica Antiqua is to showcase historical compositions, Fox has recovered abandoned masterpieces from 18th-century Russia, like the Berezovsky symphony. In addition to symphonic music by Berezofsky and Giovanni Sammartini, Roberts will sing selected arias from Mozart's first major opera Mitridate.

- By Noah Tsika '05

Musica Antiqua Concert

  • Saturday, Nov. 1
  • 8 p.m.
  • Rollins Chapel
  • Free and open to the public
  • Dress rehearsal at 4 p.m. also free and open to public

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