Fete d'Ete: French Cantatas and Suites (2011)

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Folger Consort performed Fête d’Eté: French Cantatas and Suites, from April 8 to April 10, 2011 in the Folger's Elizabethan Theatre. Sophisticated gentlemen and ladies of baroque France were fond of pastoral conceits. Countless late 17th- and early 18th-century songs are rhapsodic about ever balmy breezes and the warmth of mythic summers. Celebrating the temperate season, the Consort performed a collection of elegant and virtuosic instrumental music, and witty and amorous cantatas by Marais, Charpentier, and others.

Detail of Jean-Honoré Fragonard's The Swing (1767).


Folger Consort

Artistic Director

  • Robert Eisenstein: viola da gamba

Guest artists

  • Krista Bennion Fenney: violin
  • Joseph Gascho: harpsichord
  • Jolle Greenleaf: soprano
  • Colin St. Martin: transverse flute