Concert Programs

USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia Concert Program

December 2, 2022
8:00 p.m.

Baroque Sinfonia is directed by Rotem Gilbert and Jason Yoshida in Une jeune pucelle: French Baroque Noels And Dances featuring guest performer Mary Vanhoozer on hurdy-gurdy.


La Bourée I-III

Michael Praetorius


Michael Praetorius

In Nativitatem Domini canticum, H.314

Marc-Antoine Charpentier


Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

Chaconne des Scaramouches trivelins et arlequin

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Regina coeli

Jean-Baptiste Lully

Bransle de Champagaine, Book 5: XI-XIV

Claude Gervaise

Tous les Bourgeois de Chastre

French Traditional

Noëls sur des instruments, H.534
    “Les Bourgeois de Chastre”
    “Où s’en vont ces guays bergers?”
    “Or nous dites Marie”
    “A la venuë de Noël”

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Pour un reposoir

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Ave Verum

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Noëls Provençaux
    “Guillô, pran ton tamborin!”
    “I’a proun de gènt”

Nicolas Saboly

Joseph est bien marié

French Traditional

Messe de Minuit, H.9

Marc-Antoine Charpentier

About the Artists

USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia is an ensemble of period instruments and voices specializing in music from the late 16th through the mid-18th centuries. Founded in 1986 by James Tyler, the ensemble is currently led by early music program director Adam Knight Gilbert and Rotem Gilbert. The Baroque Sinfonia consists of graduate students majoring in early music, graduate students of modern instruments and classical voice minoring in early music, and a small but growing number of undergraduate students, all performing four different programs each year. With the support of scholarships from the Colburn Foundation and funds from the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute, the Thornton Baroque Sinfonia has won the Early Music America Collegium Grant in 2008 and every year from 2011 to 2022, travelling to the Berkeley, Boston, and Bloomington Early Music Festivals. The ensemble’s recording of British broadside ballads D’ye Hear the News, supported by the USC-EMSI for the Yale University Press, can be heard online at iTunes U. Its performances have been heard on National Public Radio and can be enjoyed on YouTube. Current members and alumni perform, research, and teach around the world.
Mary Vanhoozer, Guest Artist
A creative and versatile musician, pianist and hurdy gurdy player Mary Vanhoozer has performed solo recitals and chamber music programs throughout the United States, as well as Scotland and Switzerland. In 2018 she released her debut album for solo piano, From Leipzig to LA, which features the complete keyboard partitas of J. S. Bach, as well as a commissioned piece, Partita Picosa, composed by Josh Rodriguez. In 2021, Mary made her Los Angeles debut on hurdy gurdy joining the critically acclaimed Ciaramella Ensemble for a concert of renaissance dances. Most recently, she has released an album featuring music from John Playford’s Dancing Master and John Hilton’s Catch That Catch Can. The album weaves the tunes into conversation with one another other, featuring arrangements for hurdy gurdy and violin. She performs on an instrument built by the French luthier, Jacques Grandchamp. Mary holds degrees in piano performance from Wheaton College Conservatory (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M.), and the Cleveland Institute of Music (D.M.A).


USC Thornton Baroque Sinfonia
Yue Qian, Baroque violin
Diana Dawydchak, Baroque violin
Prosper Luchart, Baroque viola & percussion
Ella Sharpe, viola da gamba
Mana Azimi, triple harp
Alejandro Acosta, theorbo
Robert Wang, theorbo
Joseph Douglass, Baroque guitar
Jason Yoshida, theorbo*
Phillip Matsuura, harpsichord
Hejun Yang, harpsichord
Luis Lechuga-Espadas, recorder
Rotem Gilbert, recorder*
Adam Gilbert, recorder, Baroque bassoon*
Mary Vanhoozer, hurdy gurdy**
*Early Music Instructor

Marina Hovhannisyan, soprano
Ellie Walters, soprano
David Yang, alto
Evan Llafet, tenor
Connor Scott, baritone
USC Thornton Early Music Faculty
Adam Gilbert, Program Director
Rotem Gilbert, Early Music Ensemble
Jason Koji Yoshida, plucked strings
Jennifer Kampani, voice
Lot Demeyer, Baroque oboe
Maxine Eilander, triple harp
Ian Pritchard, harpsichord