BERLIN, N.H. — The North Country has gained a Baroque flutist who will be featured at the Big Moose Mini-Bach Festival on Labor Day weekend.

The first-ever festival of the music of Bach in Gorham, Berlin and Randolph announces the addition of Andrea LeBlanc (http://andrealeblanc.com), whose family is a recent addition to the Conway area.

“The Baroque flute is a one-keyed instrument, different from the modern flute, and an instrument exploited by composers in the 18thh century,” said Susan Ferre, a founder of the festival. “We are excited to welcome a new musician with such specialized skills to our area,” she said.

Other original instruments featured at the festival will be early keyboards, including a large clavichord and large harpsichord brought and played by Christa Rakich, who has a new CD, “Trio Sonatas of Bach.” Baroque strings (viola da gamba and Baroque violoncello) will add variety to the mix.

The schedule follows:

Saturday, Sept. 5, at 4 p.m., Chapel Arts New England, Gorham, Christa Rakich plays clavichord, organ and harpsichord in a solo recital of Bach works; 7:30 p.m., Chapel Arts New England, Christa Rakich, Susan Ferre play multiple harpsichords, organs and chamber pieces by Bach performed on period instruments with Andrea LeBlanc, traverso flute, and Charles Lang, viola da gamba and violoncello.

Sunday, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m., St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Berlin, chamber music by J. S. Bach, Christa Rakich and Susan Ferre, harpsichords and organ, “Double Concerto in C” for two harpsichords, and sonatas for flute and viola da gamba, respectively, with Andrea LeBlanc and Charles Lang.

Sunday, Sept. 6, at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Randolph Church, Route 2, Randolph, Christa Rakich, harpsichord, Bach’s “Goldberg Variations,” followed by Compline. The free half hour service will be sung by candlelight and consist of hymns and chants celebrating the end of the day.

Tickets will be available at the door, $12 ($8 for students and seniors), with passes to all four events at $36 ($24 for students and seniors). For more information, call 603-326-3242.


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