The Baroque Festival presents an evening of works by the great Johann Sebastian Bach and some Mozart, performed by a quartet of strings with harp! The Galax Quartet is modeled after an early version of the string quartet and consists of two violins, cello, and viola da gamba, a configuration developed by 18th-century composer and gamba virtuoso Carl Friedrich Abel. Galax is joined by acclaimed historic and folk harpist Cheryl Ann Fulton.
Bach's famous Toccata in D minor will open the first half of the show, played on triple harp (Cheryl Ann Fulton). It is followed by the odd-numbered fugues of the 'Art of Fugue', played by the Galax Quartet with some harp continuo. As says the group's director, Roy Whelon: "Performing the Art of the Fugue in any setting --- whether touching down on a few representative fugues and canons in a classroom situation or performing the whole thing in concert (all fifteen fugues along with the four massive canons) --- is always exciting, cleansing and salutary." The second half will begin with fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered-Clavier as arranged by Mozart half a century later, and the program concludes with some of Wheldon's own 'loose canons'.