May 7 brought the second Chamber Music of Excelsior concert of 2017, this time at Trinity Episcopal. Marilyn Zupnik, oboe, Karin Wolverton, soprano, Mary Jo Gothmann, piano and harpsichord, and Mark Seerup, oboe, presented a beautiful program that included a Bach aria for soprano and oboe d'amore, a Handel aria for soprano and two oboes, a trio Sonata by an excellent Swedish baroque composer, Johan Helmich Roman, a 20th century duo for oboe and bassoon, and another soprano aria. Also, Mary Jo Gothmann played some Scarlatti on the harpsichord.
The first concert of the ensemble's 2016-17 season was held at the Congregational Church of Excelsior on Sunday, November 20. The featured musicians were the Arietta Ensemble, including Marilyn Zupnik and Mark Seerup on oboe, J. Christopher Marshall on bassoon, and Mary Jo Gothmann on piano and harpsichord. What a marvelous time we all had--the music was superb!