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South Orange Performing Arts Center
Off Route 510 1 SOPAC Way South Orange, NJ 07079
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“…technically adept and expressive performances… gracefully wrought renditions of works including sonatas by Castello and Merula’s Ciaccona.” The New York Times 



Stylus Phantasticus: 17th-century Italian works from the free-wheeling early days of the violin, including works by Dario Castello, Giovanni Paolo Cima, Giovanni Battista Fontana, Girolamo Frescobaldi, Antonio Bertali, Salamone Rossi, and others.

Dario Castello (fl. 1590-1630)

Sonata Prima, from “Sonate concertate in stil moderno”, Libro II

Giovanni Paolo Cima (c. 1570-1622))

 Sonata a 2, from  “Concerti Ecclesiastici” (1610)

Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643)

Canzona Terza “della La Bernardina”

Tocatta Settima (1637)

Antonio Bertali (1605-1669)

Chiacona a violino solo




Giuseppe Colombi (1645-1694)

Partita alla tromba


Dario Castello

Sonata seconda ,Libro II

Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (c. 1630-1670)

Sonata “La Cesta,” Op. 3, No. 2

Tarquinio Merula (1595-1665)

 La Maruta- La Dada-La Pighetta, op. 12, vol. 2

Giovanni Battista Fontana (c. 1571-1630)

Sonata No. 2 for Violin in D  Major

Taking its name from the Italian concitare (“to incite or provoke”), Concitato electrifies listeners with insightful interpretations of rarely performed repertoire, while redefining the way audiences hear the more well-known works of the Baroque canon. Concitato tastefully combines the latest discoveries in musicological research with cutting-edge training. Founded in 2008 by violinist Joan Plana, this trio of dynamic young players—violinist Joan Plana, cellist Ezra Seltzer, and harpsichordist Jeffrey Grossman—performs a vast repertoire of diverse instrumental music from the baroque era. Concitato’s flexibility allows for the inclusion of additional musical collaborators for larger ensemble or vocal works. After a stunning Chicago début in November 2008, Concitato has performed concerts in Montreal, Cleveland, and New York. In 2009, Concitato was named a finalist of the York International Early Music Competition.

All three members of Concitato are current students in Juilliard’s Historical Performance program which offers a comprehensive, full-scholarship course of study in period-instrument performance for graduate-level musicians. With an emphasis on 17th- and 18th-century music, the program brings together some of the most prominent period-instrument performers, scholars, and teachers in the world.

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