On Sunday, October 4th at 7 PM at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church there is the opportunity to hear rarely heard music.  The concert will feature music by the baroque composers Gottfried Finger (1655-1730) and C.P.E. Bach (1714-1788), followed by contemporary music by Ronald Cross (1929-2012) and Arnold Rosner (1945-2013), both of whom composed in the forms and tonality of much earlier music. 

Dr. Cross was Professor of Music at Wagner College for over forty years.  Dr. Rosner taught at Wagner in the 1970s, before he left to take a position at Kingsborough Community College.

The performers are Bradley Bosenbeck, violin;  Anand Bhasin, violin; Drew Vella, viola; David West, cello; Sally Shorrock, flute; Tiffany Jordan, cello; and Adam Wiggins, piano. 
The concert will start with Finger’s “Farewell Suite,” written in memory of the composer Henry Purcell.  C.P.E. Bach was Johann Sebastian Bach’s son, and has been overshadowed by his famous father.  However, he was a wonderful composer, and his music is the subject of a recent book by Wagner College professor David Schulenberg. 

Also on the program is Rosner’s String Quartet #5, which was commissioned by Wagner College and premiered there in 1979.  His Sonata for Flute and Cello is also on the program.

Although Ronald Cross was better known as a musicologist, he was also a composer.  On the program are his Trio for flute, cello, and piano based on the medieval motet “Alle, Psalite cum Luya,” his Violin Sonata, and his Variations for String Quartet.

The concert is free.  The church is located at 120 West 69th Street and may be reached by taking the 1, 2, or 3 trains to the 72nd Street station.  

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