Chatham Baroque will present “Capriccio Stravagante: Imaginative String Music from the 16th and 17th Centuries” in four concerts starting Dec. 5.
Joining the three Chatham Baroque members are a trio of guests for an ensemble of two violins, viola, viola da gamba, and two theorbos.
The program includes Arcangelo Corelli’s “Christmas Concerto” and Carlo Farina’s “Capriccio Stravagante,” in which Farina cleverly uses strings to evoke the sounds of animals and nature.
Chatham Baroque also makes a rare venture into 16th-century repertoire with a set of dance music for strings by Anthony Holborne and Michael Praetorius, and English duets for two Renaissance lutes. Rounding out the program, Andrew Fouts plays the joyful “Annunciation Sonata” for violin and continuo from Heinrich Biber’s collection of 15 Mystery Sonatas.
Violinist Fouts joins Patricia Halverson, viola da gamba, and Scott Pauley, theorbo, in Chatham Baroque. Guests are Paul Miller, violin; Kristen Linfante, viola; and David Walker, theorbo.
The concert schedule:
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at St. Nicholas Church, 24 Maryland Ave., Millvale;
• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2040 Washington Road, Upper St. Clair;
• 8 p.m. Dec. 7 at Hicks Memorial Chapel, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Ave., East Liberty;
• 2:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Campbell Memorial Chapel, Chatham University
Tickets are available at www.chathambaroque.org. Cost is $5 more per ticket at the door.