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Best of Baroque

The Sherman Chamber Ensemble, renowned as a “regional treasure,” will deliver its seasonal treat, a Best of Baroque concert featuring music for harpsichord, flute and strings by Bach, Corelli and Vivaldi, this weekend with performances in Pawling NY and Kent CT.

Special Guest Dylan Sauerwald, an international prize winning harpsichordist, will appear with Sherman Ensemble Artistic Director and cellist Eliot Bailen, and his wife, flutist Susan Rotholz. Also appearing are Michael Roth (violin), Sarah Adams (viola) and Peter Weitzner (bass).

A versatile player, Sauerwald can be heard on harpsichord and fortepiano in a series of recordings of regency-era dance music with Ensemble Musica Humana, which was featured in the BBC historical drama, Poldark. Also on the fortepiano, he recently recorded with the Handel & Haydn Society for its upcoming disc of Haydn's orchestral works.

Bailen, and Rotholz founded the Sherman Chamber Ensemble in 1983 and now offer a year-round schedule of performances in genres ranging from Baroque to bluegrass. To celebrate the Ensemble’s 30th anniversary in 2012, they inaugurated a new tradition with weekends of early January Baroque concerts.

Saturday’s program will be offered at 3PM at Christ Church on Quaker Hill, Pawling, with Sunday’s concert at 4PM at St. Andrew's Church in Kent. Advance purchase general admission tickets are $25 ($20 for students and seniors) and $30 at the door.