Music Before 1800: Aya Hamada, harpsichord

Portraits et Caractères: Couperin, Rameau, Duphly

“Acrobatic finesse” describes Aya Hamada’s performances, whether in solo, concerto, or chamber pieces. She has assembled works by the great keyboard masters d’Agincourt, Couperin, Rameau, Duphly, and Forqueray. The music conjures up an evening worthy of an 18th-century Parisian salon: effervescent portraits and character pieces, flights of fancy that bring to mind traits of the dedicatee, usually a patron or colleague of the composer.

Tenderness and virtuosity are presented here in equal measure… Aya Hamada’s playing is not only technically immaculate, but musically very stimulating indeed. You can hear Hamada’s touch with those ‘exquisite ornamentations,’ also creating a magically mythical atmospheric aura of sound.”—MusicWeb International

Estimated run time: 60 minutes, no intermission.

The virtual version of the program will premiere at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2021, followed by a live Q&A online, and will remain available on demand until mid-July.

Tickets and subscriptions will go on sale in January 2021

Programs are subject to change.