Vivaldi and His French Friends

Saturday April 23rd, 2022
5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. 
Sundin Hall, Saint Paul, MN

Sunday, April 24th, 2022
3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. 
Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Rochester, MN

A program featuring Maria Jette, soprano, and Immanuel Davis, traverso, as soloists.The influence of Italian cantatas and concertos like those of Vivaldi on the music of 18th Century France was immenseWe’ll hear how the dramatic idioms of these Italian genres became models for virtuoso French flute music by Michel Corrette and others. 

Maria Jette, soprano  
Immanuel Davis, traverso


Cantata Cessate, omai cessate, RV 684
& Motetto Longe Mala Umbrae Terrores, RV 629

Concerto à 4 in A Minor for flute, strings, and basso continuo

Concerto Comique XXV Les Sauvages et la Fürstemberg


MARIA JETTE, soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra: the Symphonies of Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Grand Rapids, Kansas City, Charlotte, Santa Rosa and Buffalo; Vocalessence (formerly The Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota), the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Master Chorale; and with original instrument ensembles Angelica Cantanti, Portland Baroque Orchestra and The Lyra Baroque Orchestra. She has been a regular guest at the Oregon Bach, Victoria Bach and San Luis Obispo Mozart Festivals, the Oregon Festival of American Music, and on Public Radio International’s A Prairie Home Companion. With conductor Helmuth Rilling, she has sung Bach, Mozart and Monteverdi in Germany, Spain, Japan, and Canada, as well as in Minneapolis, New York, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles. In a 20+ year association with conductor Philip Brunelle, she first appeared as the coloratura dog, Fido, in Britten’s Paul Bunyan; and has gone on to sing everything from fully-staged operas by Mozart opera and Virgil Thomson through oratorios by Handel, William Bolcom and Francis Grier, and most recently, Dominick Argento’s glorious Evensong (2009).

Her 45+ operatic roles range from Monteverdi’s Poppea and Handel’s Cleopatra through Mozart’s Pamina, Countess and Fiordiligi, many of them with the late, lamented Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities. With The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she starred as the Mrs. in the May 2002 premiere of Garrison Keillor’s operatic excursion, Mr. and Mrs. Olson. She has performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham for more than 50,000 kids, with symphonies and music festivals around the USA.

IMMANUEL DAVIS is one of the most versatile flutists of his generation. Equally at home on the modern and baroque flutes, Immanuel has performed as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. In 2005 he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study baroque flute with Wilbert Hazelzet at the Koninklijk Conservatorium in The Hague. Since then he has performed as soloist and chamber player with such early music ensembles as Early Music New York, ARTEK, Lyra Baroque, REBEL and the Bach Society of Minnesota and Mercury Orchestra of Houston. He has also had the pleasure of performing on NPR’s “Performance Today” and in recitals with baroque flute luminaries Barthold Kuijken and Wilbert Hazelzet. 

In February 2021 Immanuel released the  CD , “La Magnifique: Flute Music for the Court of Louis XIV” a program of French music for two traversi and continuo with legendary baroque flutist, Barthold Kuijken. 

Immanuel has been the flute professor at the University of Minnesota since 2001. He is also an AmSAT-certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.