7 to 8 pm ET
Jonathon Adams and Robert Mealy: Stylus Phantasticus
The Indigenous Canadian baritone explores the elaborate music of the early German baroque period.
This concert, recorded at Americas Society, will be released on February 28 at 7 p.m. ET on this page.
Canadian Indigenous baritone Jonathon Adams joins a band of New York's finest baroque specialists led by Robert Mealy for a program dedicated to music from the extravagant early-baroque "Stylus Phantasticus."
Nicholas Bruhns — "De profundis clamavi"
Johann Rosenmüller — Sonata quinta in G minor
Franz Tunder — "Salve, coelestis Pater"
Rosenmüller – Sonata quarta in C major
Bruhns — "Mein Herz ist bereit"
David Pohle — "Vox Domini super aquas"
Jonathon Adams, baritone
Robert Mealy and Johanna Novom, violins
Ezra Seltzer, cello
Avi Stein, organ
John Lenti, theorbo
Born in amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), Jonathon Adams is an Indigenous (Cree-Métis) baritone. In concert, they have appeared as a soloist with Sigiswald Kuijken, Hans-Christoph Rademann, Helmut Rilling, Václav Luks, Ensemble BachPlus, Vox Luminis, il Gardellino, and B’Rock Orchestra at Opera-Ballet Flanders. In 2021 Adams was named the first ever artist-in-residence at Early Music Vancouver. Future solo engagements include performances with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra under Masaaki Suzuki, the Ricercar Consort and Collegium Vocale Gent, il Gardellino, Les Voix Humaines, Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montréal, Servir Antico, and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. 2022 will see the world premiere of Adams’ performance piece nipahimiw with Susie Napper and Catalina Vicens at venues across Canada. Adams is a featured soloist in the acclaimed film MESSIAH / COMPLEX produced by Against the Grain Theatre and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During 2020 and 2021 Adams held a fellowship with the Netherlands Bach Society. Adams was a core member of Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir for many years, appearing regularly with this ensemble around the world. Recent career highlights include a solo début at the Bruges Concertgebouw in Purcell’s Ode to St. Cecilia, Bach cantatas at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, and concerts with Amsterdam Baroque in China, Japan, and at the Château de Versailles. Adams is based in Canada and The Netherlands. They have attended The Royal Academy of Music (London), the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and The Victoria Conservatory of Music where they studied with Nancy Argenta. They also studied privately with Dame Emma Kirkby, and Edith Wiens. At the Dutch National Opera Academy Adams studied with Rosemary Joshua and Olivier Lallouette.
Violinist Robert Mealy is the director of Historical Performance at Juilliard. Born in Berkeley, Calif., Mealy has recorded and toured a wide variety of repertoire throughout the U.S. and Europe with many ensembles—including Sequentia, Tragicomedia, Les Arts Florissants, and Tafelmusik. Mealy appears as chamber musician at major early music festivals worldwide. He is concertmaster at Trinity Wall Street for their complete series of Bach cantata performances. He has led the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra since 2004, making three Grammy-nominated recordings with them and many festival concerts, including a special appearance at Versailles. Mealy has led the Mark Morris Dance Group Music Ensemble in performances in New York, New Haven, and Moscow, and accompanied Renée Fleming on the David Letterman Show. He directs the Baroque ensemble Quicksilver and is a member of the King’s Noyse and the Medieval quartet Fortune’s Wheel. He has more than 80 recordings on most major labels. Since 2009, he has been a professor at Yale, where he directs the postgraduate Yale Baroque Ensemble. Mealy founded and for a decade directed the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. Mealy received an award from Early Music America for his distinguished teaching. Mealy studied at Harvard and has been a Juilliard faculty member since 2009.
This concert is part of GEMAS, a project of Americas Society and Gotham Early Music Scene devoted to early music of the Americas.
The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation. The Spring 2022 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.