'Nightingale' to Premiere at Baroque Fest

A new work by composer Tania Gabrielle French will be presented during the 18th annual summer Baroque Music Festival of Corona del Mar, to be held June 21-28 at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church and the Sherman Library and Gardens.

The work, commissioned by the festival, will be a setting for tenor, violin and piano of the 17th-century poem "To the Nightingale" by Anne Finch, countess of Winchilsea. The premiere, sung by Mark Goodrich, will be June 22 at 8 p.m. at the church. The program will include organ works by Bach and Buxtahude.

The festival will open June 21 at 4 p.m. at St. Michael's with festival director Burton Karson conducting concertos by Bach, Handel, Marcello, Vivaldi and Robert Linn.

Chamber music programs, including Bach's "Coffee" Cantata (June 24) and diverse instrumental works (June 26), will take place at 8 p.m. at Sherman Library.

The festival will conclude June 28 at 4 p.m. at the church with Karson leading Handel's "Alexander's Feast" and other works.

Subscriptions for four concerts (excluding the June 22 program) are $75. The June 22 concert is $10. Single tickets to other programs are $25 for those at the church, $30 for those at the gardens. Information: (714) 760-7887.

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