Revelations Quintet Comes To Flushing

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Soprano Candace Matthews will perform as part of the
Revelations Quintet on Sunday.

BY JOE MARVILLI
Staff Writer

If you are a fan of classical music, then head to Flushing this Sunday for a concert not to be missed.

Mary’s Nativity Church will present “The Magic of the Baroque,” a performance by the Revelations Quintet.

The five-piece band will perform some masterpieces by legendary composers like George Frideric Handel.

The Revelations Quintet is becoming well-known as one of Queens’ most popular ensembles for classical music.

Founded by music director and harpsichordist/organist John Wolfe, the young musicians often perform famed piecesof the Baroque repertoire.

In addition to Wolfe, the group features Erik Andersen on the cello, Kate Goddard on the violin, Tod Hedrick on the viola da gamba and soprano vocalist Candace Matthews.

The five musicians met when they were students at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music.

The group formed at first as an offshoot of the college’s Baroque ensemble.

“We were blessed to meet each other at Queens College, but I believe we would’ve found each other even if we hadn’t gone to school together, since we share a common passion for the masterpieces of ancient music,” Wolfe said.

The Revelations Quintet will perform selections from Handel’s “Nine German Arias,” as well as lesser-knownsongs by Le Sieur de Machy, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber and François Couperin.

While those artists may not be household names, Wolfe said their unfamiliarity was part of their appeal.

“Our artistic aim is to spread and preserve music that no one would hear otherwise, music that we believe deserves greater exposure,” he said.

“We’re not interested in sticking to ‘Classical Music’s Greatest Hits.’”

Wolfe also said Mary’s Nativity was a great location for spiritual, musical performances.

He first played there asan organist when he was invited by the church’s musical director, Paul Joseph.

The music that the Revelations Quintet plays is not light entertainment, but an opportunity for spiritual uplifing, according to Wolfe.

He said he hopes attendees experience such a moment of transcendence and peace when listening to the performance.

“When we experience it together, as a dialogue between the audience and the performers, we attempt to transcend the boundaries between us and to communicate a message more powerful and intimate than the spoken word,” Wolfe said. “We’re honored and humbled to have the opportunity to play some small part in this process, and we hope the message we’re sending is one that the public will be happy to receive.

Mary’s Nativity Church is located at 46-02 Parsons Blvd., Flushing.

Tickets cost $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

The concert begins at 4 p.m.

For more information, call (718) 359-5996.

Reach Joe Marvilli at (718)357-7400, Ext. 125, jmarvilli@queenstribune.com, or @JoeMarvilli.