A tribute concert to Oberlin Trustee Karen Flint ’64, which will include performances by conservatory faculty and students from the Historical Performance Department.
Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1027
Catharina Meints, viola da gamba Webb Wiggins, harpsichord
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck: More Palatino, SwWV 318
Albert Bellefeuille, harpsichord
Christopher Simpson: Divisions on a Ground in E Minor
Alex Baker, Catharina Meints, viola da gamba
Georg Philipp Telemann: Trio Sonata in F Major, TWV 42:F8
The Oberlin Baroque Ensemble
Marilyn McDonald, violin
Michael Lynn, recorder
Catharina Meints, viola da gamba
Webb Wiggins, harpsichord
Karen Flint ’64 teaches harpsichord at the University of Delaware and has been the artistic director of Brandywine Baroque, Delaware’s premier early-music ensemble, since its founding. Ms. Flint has performed at the Smithsonian Institution and with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Newark Symphony Orchestra, and the UD Chamber Orchestra. With Brandywine Baroque she performs an annual series of concerts held in Exton, Pa. and Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, Del. Her ensemble has made guest appearances at the Boston Early Music Festival, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate, UD concerts, and the Coastal Concerts series.
In 2003, Ms. Flint established the Dumont Concerts, a weekend festival in Delaware of harpsichord recitals on antique instruments featuring internationally known harpsichordists. She also founded her own recording label, Plectra Music, which specializes in recordings of Baroque repertoire performed on antique instruments. The label has undertaken a long-term series of discs titled Le Clavecin Français, an internationally acclaimed survey of 17th- and 18th-century French harpsichord music.
Ms. Flint is featured on numerous releases from Plectra, including the new solo album Les Pièces de Clavessin by Jacques Champion de Chambonnières, as well as three newly released CDs: Corelli Violin Sonatas, Op. 5, 1-6; The Complete Harpsichord Concertos on Antique Instruments by J. S. Bach; and Cantates Françoise, Vol. I, works by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault and Jacquet de La Guerre, and the releases Love in Arcadia: Duets and Trios by Handel; Boismortier Cello Sonatas; Oh! The Sweet Delights of Love, music by Henry Purcell; The Lass with the Delicate Air: Songs from the London Pleasure Gardens; C. P. E. Bach Trio Sonatas; and Digging for Buried Treasure: Music of Telemann.
Other recordings include The Jane Austen Songbook with Julianne Baird and the forthcoming Complete Works for Harpsichord of Elizabeth Jacquet de La Guerre.
In October 2014, Flint returned to Oberlin to celebrate the dedication of a Gräbner-style harpsichord. Built by renowned craftsman John Phillips, it was commissioned and gifted to Oberlin by Flint and her husband Peter, with whom she collects rare and vintage keyboards. The exemplary reproduction has been called the finest harpsichord in Oberlin’s considerable collection.
The Flints are also committed to fostering the entrepreneurship of future conservatory students. They have created a permanent fund to support grants through Oberlin’s Creativity & Leadership Project. Flint Initiative Grants will be awarded each year for projects to be undertaken during winter term. These grants, previously known as Conservatory Initiative Grants Supporting Imagination and Excellence, have allowed students to arrange tours in Norway, pore over early music manuscripts in England, and teach at a community music school in India in recent years.
Ms. Flint earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music degree from The University of Michigan.
For more information visit www.brandywinebaroque.org and www.plectra.org.