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Phoebe Carrai presents: Italian Exuberance, Eloquent Bach

  • Aug 9, 2021 @ 7:00pm

What do three old friends do when they have the opportunity to make music together at Cotuit? Well—play Bach and some Italian music featuring wonderful solo opportunities for all three instruments! Come join Trio Langostino for an evening in the Gallery featuring harpsichordist Peter Sykes, violinist Cynthia Roberts, and cellist Phoebe Carrai in a wonderful program named “Italian Exuberance, Eloquent Bach.” The program will feature works by Bach, Stradella and Platti.

Italian Exuberance, Eloquent Bach
Monday, August 9 at 7:00pm
In the Gallery

Tickets $25, 20 members


Phoebe Carrai followed her path to Salzburg, Austria to do post graduate studies in early music with Niklaus Harnencourt, after finishing her studies at New England Conservatory in Boston. She became a member of Musica Antiqua Köln in 1993, making 40 discs for Deutsche Gramophone and teaching at the Hillversum Conservatory in Holland.

Ms. Carrai taught at the Conservatory of the Arts in Berlin, Germany, for sixteen years and is now on the faculties of the Juilliard School, and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. She is director of the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra and directed The International Baroque Institute at Longy for 25 years. She was a jurist in both 2012 and 2016 at the International Bach Competition in Leipzig and will be teaches at Aria camp, The Bach Suites workshop in Albany, Amherst Early Music festival and with her Juilliard colleagues at the Piccola Accademia in Montisi, Italy.

In addition to chamber music and solo appearances, Ms. Carrai performs regularly with Juilliard Baroque, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and Chamber ensemble, Göttingen Händel Festival Orchestra and Ensemble and The Arcadian Academy.

Ms. Carrai's recording of the six Bach suites for solo Violoncello and Duets of August Kummer can be found on the Avie label. She joined forces with cellist, Beiliang Zhu and recorded a duo cello CD called “Out if Italy “ that was released on Avie Records in 2019. She has also recorded for Harmonia Mundi, Deutsche Gramophone, Aetma,Telarc, Decca and BMG.

Ms Carrai plays on a restored Italian cello made in ca. 1690.


Peter Sykes, “a formidable organist who plays with artistry, subtlety, and insight,” is one of the most distinguished and versatile keyboard artists performing today. His live performances on the organ, harpsichord, clavichord or fortepiano have been called “compelling and moving,” “magnificent and revelatory,” and “bold, imaginative, and amazingly accurate” - his recordings, most notably the groundbreaking transcription for organ of Holst’s “The Planets”, have been called “satisfying and persuasive,” “hauntingly beautiful,” and “simply stunning.” He teaches at The Juilliard School in New York City and at Boston University, and for thirty-five years has been Music Director of First Church in Cambridge, Congregational. He performs and records with Aston Magna and Boston Baroque, and has received numerous prizes and awards for his achievements, including the New England Conservatory’s Chadwick Medal and Distinguished Alumni Award, the Erwin Bodky Prize for Early Music, and the 2011 St. Botolph Club Distinguished Artist Award.


Cynthia Roberts is one of America’s leading baroque violinists, appearing as soloist, concertmaster, and recitalist throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. She is a faculty member of the Juilliard School and also teaches at the Curtis institute, University of North Texas, and the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute. She has given master classes at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Indiana University, Eastman, the Cleveland Institute, Cornell, Rutgers, Minsk Conservatory, Leopold-Mozart-Zentrum Augsburg, Shanghai Conservatory, Vietnam National Academy of Music, and for the Jeune Orchestre Atlantique in France. She performs regularly with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Smithsonian Chamber Players, Tafelmusik, and the Boston Early Music Festival. She has performed as concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants and appeared with Bach Collegium Japan, Orchester Wiener Akademie, the London Classical Players, and the Taverner Players. She was featured as soloist and concertmaster on the soundtrack of the Touchtone Pictures film Casanova. Her recording credits include Sony, CPO, and Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.