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Second Saturday Series - January 11, 2014

Ty WoodwardThe Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist Ty Woodward on January 11, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include pieces from Bach, Mendelssohn, Dupré, Vierne, and more. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.

Ty Woodward has played classical and theatre organ concerts that have ranged from performances at Westminster Abbey, London; Trinity Church, New York; The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, D.C.; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; and the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, Los Angeles, to Shea’s Theatre, Buffalo; the Byrd Theatre, Richmond; the Paramount Theatre, Cedar Rapids; the Alabama Theatre, Birmingham; and the outdoor pipe organ in Balboa Park, San Diego, where his July 2012 concert was attended by over 2,300 people. He has played several major works with orchestra including the Symphonie Concertante of Joseph Jongen and Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3.

His recording credits include a solo classical recording on the Aeolian-Skinner organ at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and a theatre organ recording on the Wurlitzer organ at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester, New York, along with accompaniments for many choral recordings.

Ty holds a bachelor of music degree in organ performance and a masters degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern California, having studied organ with Cherry Rhodes and Ladd Thomas, and conducting with James Vail and Rodney Eichenberger. He is a former dean of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and has served on the Commission of Liturgy and Music for the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also been a staff organist at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

As a pipe organ consultant, he has worked with numerous churches in the design and installation of their new pipe organs and is the area representative for the Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio.

Second Saturday Series - February 8, 2014

The Second Saturday Series proudly presents cellist Bingxia Lu on February 8, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. Bingxia Lu, winner of the USC Thornton Performance and Presentation Award, will be accompanied by pianist Hsin-I Huang. This concert will include pieces from Beethoven, Debussy, Dvorak and Bartok. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists. Freewill donations are received at the door.

USC Thornton Performance and Presentation Award Information

The USC Thornton Performance and Presentation Award (PPA) is given to two exceptional current students at the USC Thornton School of Music after a rigorous and competitive selection process. Assessed for both performance and oral presentation skills, the winners are given a very unique opportunity to perform public recitals while sharing with the audience varied information regarding the repertoire. In addition to excellent performing skills, engaging with the public and promoting active listening are critical components for a successful career of an emerging artist.

Bingxia Lu, Cello

Bingxia Lu, CelloIn 2005, Bingxia won first prize at China’s 5th Golden Bell Award Cello Competition becoming the youngest winner in the history of this prestigious competition.  She has since been honored numerous times, for both academic and performing excellence.

Internationally, Bingxia has performed at Adelaide International Cello Festival, Australia, La Loingtaine, France, the International Holland Music Sessions, and was invited to play in a string quartet for the presidents from over 20 countries during the APEC Summit. 

As a soloist, she has worked with such orchestras as the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, NUS Orchestra of the Music Makers, China Youth Orchestra, China Broadcast Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra; performing the Elgar Cello Concerto, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and the Boccherini Cello Concerto.

Bingxia Lu received her bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music, National University Of Singapore, and is currently a student of Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music.

“Lu’s ability to deliver the notes with stunning aplomb yet tug firmly on the heartstrings, made her, for this listener, the most compelling soloist of all.”  Such was the praise from the Straits Times, Singapore’s leading newspaper, so inspired by the emerging cellist, Bingxia Lu.

In 2005, Bingxia won first prize at China’s 5th Golden Bell Award Cello Competition becoming the youngest winner in the history of this prestigious competition.  She has since been honored numerous times, for both academic and performing excellence, garnering both second prize of Singapore’s Yong Siew Toh Concerto Competition in 2009, and the second prize of the 2013 Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong. 

Bingxia’s career is developing internationally.  She performed as a soloist at Adelaide International Cello Festival, Australia, in April 2008, and later the same year she was selected to perform a program of chamber works by French composers including Fauré and Chausson at La Loingtaine, France.  Bingxia participated in the International Holland Music Sessions in the years 2008 and 2009.  In August 2009, she took part in the London Master Classes and was selected to perform at the Young Master Concert.  Later that year, she was invited to play in a string quartet for the presidents from over 20 countries during the APEC Summit. 

As a soloist, she has worked with such orchestras as the Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, NUS Orchestra of the Music Makers, China Youth Orchestra, China Broadcast Philharmonic Orchestra and the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra; performing the Elgar Cello Concerto, Saint-Saens Cello Concerto, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and the Boccherini Cello Concerto.

Bingxia Lu received her bachelor’s degree from the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Of Music, National University Of Singapore, studying under the internationally renowned Li-Wei Qin.  She has since been instructed by such masters as David Geringas, Mischa Maisky, Jian Wang, Lluis Claret, and David Takeno.  Bingxia is currently a student of Ralph Kirshbaum at the USC Thornton School of Music.

Hsin-I Huang, Piano

Hsin-I Huang, PianoHsin-I has been praised on concert stages in Germany, Russia, Japan, and Korea and the US. (Including esteemed venues such as Disney hall and Zipper Hall.)

Recently, Hsin-I was invited by Robert Lipsett to attend Innsbrook, one of the largest chamber music festivals in the mid-west.  She recently performed with international soloist and recitalist Chee-Yun at the CFA center for the arts at Pepperdine University, and on NPR’s Performance Today with soloist Mayumi Kanagawa. 

Hsin-I is also an accomplished cellist, winning many National competitions in Taiwan before completely focusing her efforts on collaborative piano and chamber music.

Quickly becoming recognized as today’s most sought after collaborative pianist, Hsin-I has been praised on concert stages in Germany, Russia, Japan, and Korea to name a few.  In the US, Hsin-I has played in esteemed venues such as Disney hall and Zipper Hall and collaborated with many artists such as Sheryl Staples, Andrew Shulman, and Margaret Batjer.  Passionate about constantly growing as an artist and helping others grow, she regularly collaborates with students in master classes of Ralph Kirshbaum, Donald McInnes, and Alice Schoenfeld at the USC Thorton School of music and Robert Lipsett at the Colburn School of Music.

Recently, Hsin-I was personally invited by Robert Lipsett to attend Innsbrook, one of the largest chamber music festivals in the mid-west.  Other recent notable performances include, performing with international soloist and recitalist Chee-Yun at the CFA center for the arts at Pepperdine University and on NPR’s Performance Today with soloist Mayumi Kanagawa. 

Hsin-I is also an accomplished cellist, winning many National competitions in Taiwan before completely focusing her efforts on collaborative piano and chamber music.  Hsin-I enjoys cooking cuisine from her native Taiwan and playing with her cat I-Jia while watching Taiwanese shows.

Program Info:

Bingxia Lu, cello; Hsin-I Huang, piano

BEETHOVEN Variations in G Major WoO 45

DEBUSSY Cello Sonata
I. Prologue: Lent, sostenuto e molto risoluto
II. Sérénade: Modérément animé
III. Finale: Animé, léger et nerveux

DVORAK Silent Woods

BARTOK First Rhapsody for Cello and Piano
I. Lassú. Moderato
II. Friss. Allegretto moderato

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 4:00 p.m.

Jewel City Flute Choir

The Jewel City Flute Choir is composed of approximately 12-20 semi-professional and amateur flutists. The choir was formed by Francine Pancost in 2010 after leading the Active Arts Program Flute Choir for 4 years with 82 adult flutists at the Music Center (including performances at Disney Hall). A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists. Freewill donations accepted.

 

Second Saturday Series - April 12, 2014

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This concert will include organ and piano sonatas from Julius Reubke. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist.

Haesung began her music studies at the age of four in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California. She has performed with Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Choral Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, Hollywood Master Chorale, Meister Singers, Hills Women’s Choir, Hanyang Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Barbara Symphony.

Detailed Bio:
Haesung Park grew up in a musical family and began her music studies at the age of four in her hometown of Seoul, South Korea,
where she won several performance prizes. Dr. Park completed her Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Southern California where she studied organ with Dr. Ladd Thomas and piano with Professor Norman Krieger. She graduated with honor and has been elected a member of the Society of Pi Kappa Lambda. Dr. Park participated in master classes by Jean Guillou, Frederick Swann, Olivier Latry, Kimberly Marshall, Stefan Angeles, John Walker, Lionel Logg, Hubert Meister. She is currently the organist at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church alongside music director Dr. Nick Strimple. She is also the piano accompanist for the University Campus Choir in Westwood. Ms. Park performs as pianist and organist regularly and has been invited to play a solo recital for the E. Power Biggs Organ Recital Series at Harvard University and American Guild of Organist Recital at St. John's Cathedral in Los Angeles.

She has performed with Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, San Gabriel Valley Choral Company, Choral Society of Southern California, Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale, Hollywood Master Chorale, Meister Singers, Hills Women’s Choir, Hanyang Chamber Orchestra, and Santa Barbara Symphony. She was an accompanist for California State University Los Angeles summer choral festival in 2013. She recently performed Saint-Saens Organ Symphony No. 3 with the Santa Barbara Symphony under the Conductor Nir Kabaretti. She was also the pianist for the recent Hollywood documentary "With Great Power- Stan Lee."

Ms. Park completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the Korean National University of the Arts and earned a master's degree at Boston University.

The Second Saturday Series Choral Festival - May 10, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.

Featuring:
Vallejo Drive Church Choir conducted by John St. Marie.
Pasadena FUMC Chancel Choir conducted by Sébastien Vallée 
Glendale FUMC Cathedral Choir conducted by Nancy Sulahian
Glendale City Church Sanctuary Choir conducted by Sébastien Vallée

Freewill donations are received at the door. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists.

John St. Marie holds bachelor degrees from Loyola University in music therapy and voice, a master of music degree in conducting performance from California State University, Fullerton, and a doctor of musical arts degree in choral music from the University of Southern California. In 2010, he was appointed as director of choirs at LACHSA and serves as director of music at Irvine United Congregational Church and Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church. 

Nancy Sulahian holds a bachelor degree in music education, and a master of music degree in choral conducting from the University of Southern California. She is the director of choral Activities at caltech, and music director at the First United Methodist Church of Glendale.

Dr. Sébastien Vallée is the California State University Director of Choral Studies, where he teaches conducting, directs the Three-Summer MM in choral conducting, and conducts the University's choral ensembles and opera productions. Dr. Vallée is also founder and director of INSPIRAVI, a 20-voice professional chamber choir, artistic director of the Mountainside Master Chorale, and director of music at Glendale City Church.

 

Second Saturday Concert - June 14, 2014

James CalhounThe Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist Dr. James Calhoun on June 14, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. This concert will include pieces from Johann Sebastian Bach, Ralph Simpson, Charles Widor. and more! A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. 

Dr. James Calhoun’s musical training began at an early age as a youth at the Macedonia Baptist Church, located in the Watts area of Los Angeles. He later went on to pursue studies at the University of Southern California, where he ultimately received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree with a major in organ performance and a minor in church and sacred music. He currently serves as organist at the University Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as Organist/Choirmaster at Westminster Presbyterian Church, both located in the city of Los Angeles. Dr. Calhoun completed four years as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at the University of La Verne, La Verne, California.

For more than twenty-four years, Dr. Calhoun was Organist and Director of Music Ministries at the historic Second Baptist Church of Los Angeles (the oldest Black Baptist congregation in Southern California). In addition, he is a member and accompanist for the Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers and has performed with them in concert at Lincoln Center (Avery Fisher Hall), New York City, as well as at the Third Annual Choral Festival in Jalisco Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Calhoun also conducts the dlw Community Chorale, a 60-voice ensemble named for its founder, Dr. Don Lee White. The ensemble is noted for its dedication to the preservation of anthems, hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs. Upcoming performances include an appearance on the great organ at Walt Disney Hall, July 7, with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles (ICYOLA) with Mr. Charles Dickerson, conductor.

Program

Toccata in F Major - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Jacob’s Ladder - Ralph Simpson (b. 1933)

Impromptu No. I - Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (1875-1912)

Intermission

Five Spirituals for Organ - Settings by Calvin Taylor (b. 1948)

  • Go Down, Moses
  • This Little Light of Mine
  • Talk About a Child That Do Love Jesus
  • Were You There
  • Soon I Will Be Done

Allegro from Symphony VI - Charles Marie Widor (1844-1937)

 

Saturday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m.

Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church proudly presents Ariana Solotoff on Saturday, August 16 at 4:00 p.m. Ariana Solotoff and friends perform a mixed recital of exciting music, new and old. This program will include music of Bach, Haydn, Ravel, Scriabin, Bartok, and up-and-coming composer George N Gianopoulos. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists. Freewill donations are received at the door.

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Violist Ariana Solotoff, 21, is currently completing a bachelor's degree at The Juilliard School in New York City where she studies with Michael Tree and Masao Kawasaki. She was a first-prize winner of the ASTA state competition that was held in California in 2008, and she also served as principal violist in Colburn Chamber Orchestra and LACHSA Symphony Orchestra. While at Juilliard she played with New Juilliard Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Joel Sachs, helping to premiere many new pieces and collaborating with up-and-coming composers from around the world. Before Juilliard she studied with Donald McInnes. Aside from studying and performing, Ms. Solotoff has also enjoyed an extensive teaching career in Los Angeles at the Pascale Music Institute, working with the Los Angeles Children's Orchestra where she has served as concertmaster in its early years.

Tao Ni, cellist, was born in Beng Bu, An Hui Province, China. He began his cello studies with his father at the age of eight and a year later he was enrolled in the Shanghai Conservatory Preparatory Division, where he studied with Professor Liu Mei Juan. Tao Ni made his first visit to North America in 1996 attending summer music workshops at Indiana University (Bloomington) and the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. He came as a student to the first Morningside Music Bridge in 1997 and stayed at Mount Royal College Conservatory studying with John Kadz. His other teachers include Laurence Lesser, Timothy Eddy, and most recently, Ronald Leonard at the Colburn School. Tao was also a participant in various festivals including Meadowmount, Ravinia Festival (Steans Institute for Young Artists), and the New York String Seminar in Carnegie Hall. Ni has had much success in competitions, including winning the Johannsen String Competition, the Pasadena Showcase Competition, the Hudson Valley Competition, and the New England Conservatory Concerto Competition, as well as getting top prizes at the Tchaikovsky Competition for young musicians, the Kingsville Competition, the Klein String Competition, the Corpus Christi Concerto Competition, and the Hams Competition. He has soloed with many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Arlington Symphony, the Brockton Symphony, the Concord Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic, the Shanghai Philharmonic, the Sendai Orchestra, the Shanghai Opera, the Colburn Orchestra, and the Calgary Youth Orchestra, among many others. As an experienced chamber musician, Ni has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joseph Silverstein, Ani Kavafian, Anton Kuerti, Kim Kashkashian, James Dunham, Donald Weilerstein, Frank Cohen, Miriam Fried, and Robert Chan. Other performing highlights include playing for Jiang Zemin, the President of China, in Calgary; playing in recital at The Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C.; being featured in a national CBC radio broadcast as part of the Mount Royal College 90th Anniversary Series; and performing a hip-hop arrangement of Vivaldi’s A-minor Cello Concerto with members of the Boston University Orchestra. He was featured in Canada’s National Post newspaper as a “Leader of Tomorrow.”
Tao Ni was previously a member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic in March 2012.

Harout Senekeremian, pianist, was born on November 1, 1982. He began playing the piano at the age of 4 with the encouragement of his father. His first teacher was Vatche Mankerian, who studied at the University of Southern California. Harout started actively building and solidifying his technique under Mr. Mankerian's supervision. At age nine, Senekeremian began studying under the tutelage of Dr. Louise Lepley at the prestigious Colburn School of Performing Arts. There he played in many master classes with pianists Yefim Bronfman, Robert Levin, and Earl Wild, among others. In 1997, Senekeremian performed Mendelossohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Glendale Symphony. He also actively collaborated in chamber music groups including a live performance of Brahms C Minor Quartet on 91.5 KUSC. 

 

Second Saturday Series Concert - September 13, 2014

Maksim Velichkin

The Second Saturday Series proudly presents Maksim Velichkin on September 13, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Maksim Velichkin is an accomplished cellist, pianist, and harpsichordist, and has worked with conductors James Levine, Kurt Masur, and Charles Dutoit. His performance and recording career includes credits with Stevie Wonder, Chick Corea, Billy Childs, Burt Bacharach, Bobby McFerrin, and many others!

This concert will include pieces from G.N. Gianopoulos, Elliott Goldkind, H.W. Henze, and J. S Bach. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist. Freewill donations are received at the door.

Maksim performs and tours frequently with the Verbier Chamber Orchestra throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Maksim is a co-founder of the Classical Underground, a co-producer of Music@Mimoda concert series, and Music@Silver Lake library concert series. He has released three albums of his piano improvisations, one of which was recently featured on KPFK’s Global Village show.

 

Second Saturday Series Concert - October 11, 2014

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The Second Saturday Series proudly presents soprano, Clarissa Shan, and tenor, Timothy Gonzales, on October 11, 2014 at 4 p.m. Ms. Shan is an active performer throughout Southern California, and has sung roles such as The Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart’s "Die Zauberflöte," Cendrillon in Viardot's "Cendrillon," Lauretta and Nella in "Gianni Schicchi," and more.

This performance will feature classical compositions from Bach, Vivaldi, Mozart, Gounod, Faure, Vaughan Williams, and contemporary compositions from Hogan, Rutter, and Chillcot. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artists.

Clarissa Shan, soprano, is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree at the USC Thornton School of Music. She also holds a masters degree from USC and a Bachelor of Arts degree from La Sierra University. Ms. Shan is an active performer throughout Southern California. She has sung roles such as The Queen of the Night and First Lady in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Cendrillon in Viardot's Cendrillon, Lauretta and Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Crobyle in Massenet’s Thaïs, Giannetta in Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore, Cissy in Albert Herring and Annina in La Traviata. Ms. Shan’s other major works include soprano solos in the Bach Cantata 140, Fauré Requiem in D minor, Handel's Messiah, Haydn Lord Nelson Mass, Mozart Coronation Mass, Requiem and Mass in C minor, Rutter Requiem and Magnificat, and the Vivaldi Gloria. Ms. Shan has won first place in competitions such as the Burbank Philharmonic Orchestra Young Artist Competition and the Redlands Bowl Young Artist Competition and the grand prize in the Brentwood Symphony Young Artist Competition. Besides performing, Ms. Shan also shares her passion of music with the younger generation by teaching voice to undergraduate students as well as classes at USC and also at La Sierra University, where she is an adjunct professor. She is currently the Minister of Music at Temple City Methodist Church and is also a soprano soloist at the Glendale City Seventh­day Adventist Church. Ms. Shan studies with noted mezzo­soprano, Cynthia Munzer.

Second Saturday Concert - November 8, 2014

Kemp SmealThe Second Saturday Series proudly presents organist, Kemp Smeal, on November 8, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. Kemp is currently the organist and pianist in residence for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church. He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area including Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels and The Crystal Cathedral, as well as other U.S. cities and Europe.This concert will include compositions from Mathias, J. S. Bach, Liszt, and Dupré. A reception will be held following the concert to allow an opportunity to meet the artist.

Kemp L. Smeal is currently the organist and pianist in residence for the La Cañada Presbyterian Church and Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church.  He has performed extensively in the Los Angeles area including: Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, The Crystal Cathedral, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Temple Bat Yahm, Stephen S. Wise Temple, and Glendale Presbyterian Church. He has performed in other U.S. cities and Europe and is a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College Princeton, New Jersey, where he studied with Mark Brombaugh and coached with Joan Lippincott and Eugene Roan. He studied accompanying with Martin Katz, and later while in the San Francisco Bay Area, studied piano with Scott Fogelsen at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. While at Westminster Choir College, Kemp studied handbell ringing with Don Allured, and was a member of the concert handbell choir. Kemp is currently the director of the Exultate Ringers at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, and the LA Bronze professional community bell choir.

In line with his academic pursuits, Kemp served as associate professor of accompanying at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa. Kemp is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

Kemp has released his solo piano album compact disc, “Beside Still Waters,” an eclectic work of original hymn arrangements, classical repertoire, and original compositions for piano. Time Life Video features a number of selections from Kemp’s CD on the video “A Walk with Jesus: A Holy Land Journey with Hymns and Scriptures.” Kemp is the featured organist on the Welsh Choir of Southern California CD “Hearts Afire” playing on the Great Organs of First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, California.

Never a person to limit the range of his skills and interests, Kemp earned a degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, and is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Long Beach, CA. He is a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Kemp has been awarded a listing in Outstanding Young Men in America, and a biographical listing in the 2008 (62nd) Edition of Who’s Who in America.

Apart from his musical and professional interests, Kemp enjoys coastal living, traveling, reading, concerts, and theater.

Christmas Concert - December 5, 2014

Glendale City Seventh-day Adventist Church proudly presents "A Baroque Christmas" on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. Please join us for a joy-filled, exciting evening of holiday music featuring GCC Sanctuary Choir, Mountainside Master Chorale, and The Baroque Orchestra. Accompanied by organist, Kemp Smeal, and conducted by Sébastien Vallée. Featuring music by Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Buxtehude, Charpentier, and many others.

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