da Camera Concerts.


da Camera Concerts

Drew University’s da Camera Concerts professional concert series presents high quality music from intimate genres appropriate to the spectacularly delicate acoustics of our Concert Hall, performed by professional artists. These professional artists are drawn to the Concert Hall for its acoustics and have all recorded CDs in the hall. It is from these recording sessions that the performances you hear are drawn. All concerts begin at 8:00 pm with a pre concert conversation with the artists at 7:15 pm.

2018-2019 Season

Sarah Chalfy, soprano and Gwendolyn Toth, harpsichord

Light and Shadow: Artemisia Gentileschi

A new show from ARTEK celebrates the renowned artist, Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the most colorful and talented artists of the Italian baroque era, with works now in major museums. Gentileschi’s life was more dramatic than an Italian opera: trained in art by her father, raped by another artist as a teenager, she became the lover of a Florentine nobleman and a painter at the English royal courts. Her dramatic depiction of Judith Beheading Holofernes has become one of the icons of baroque art.
Renowned opera librettist and theater playwright Nahma Sandrow created the script, and the remarkable singer/actress Sarah Chalfy interprets the role of Artemisia and sings arias by Barbara Strozzi and Francesco Cavalli, accompanied by music director Gwendolyn Toth on harpsichord. Stage director Paul Peers.

“The most enchanting opera/play … Artemisia is, by turns, joyful, tragic, woebegone … She sings of fate and destiny and, as she did so i was moved, included, inspired, comforted.”
—Phyllis Chesler, a legendary feminist leader.

Tickets $35

Edward Arron, cello and Jeewon Park, piano

Cellist Edward Arron is recognized worldwide for his elegant musicianship, impassioned performances, and creative programming. Praised for her “deeply reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) and “infectious exuberance” (New York Times), pianist Jeewon Park has garnered the attention of audiences for her dazzling technique and poetic lyricism. They recently recorded the complete Beethoven works for cello and piano here at Drew.

J.S. Bach Sonata in D major for viola da gamba and keyboard (played on cello and piano), BWV 1028
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Webern Drei kleine Stücke, Op. 11
Beethoven Sonata in A major for cello and piano, Opus 69

Tickets: $35

Rachel Lee Priday, violin and Marija Stroke, piano

Violinist, Rachel Lee Priday, widely acclaimed for her “rich, mellifluous sound” will be bringing to life the sounds of Mozart, Debussy, Pärt, and Schubert to life. Her tone and imaginative curiosity, explores the narratives of each piece, connecting the past to present. Priday will be performing with Steinway artist Marija Stroke, know for her ability to highlight the “stature and substance" of the music she performs.

Mozart Sonata for piano and violin in E minor, K304
Debussy Sonata for violin and piano
Pärt Spiegel im Spiegel (Mirror in mirror)
Schubert Fantasie in C major for violin and piano, D. 934

Tickets $35