South End recorder player Janet Fink and harpsichordist Alastair Thompson will play another one of their popular concerts on Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 PM, upstairs at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library. The program will be of suites and sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, specifically numbers BWV 1031, 1033, and 1034. The program notes will tell the story of the multigenerational connections in the Mendelssohn family to Bach's works.
Recorder player Janet Fink has studied with numerous local teachers and coaches. She has performed in the Boston area for more than twenty-five years, in recorder consort with, among other groups, A Moveable Feast, and as soloist with the Witchtrot Consort, the St John’s Ensemble, and the Hemlock Consort. Always on the lookout to help young struggling musicians, she currently serves as President of the Board of the new wind band, Grand Harmonie. Fink offers frequent recitals at the South End and West End branches of the Boston Public Library.
Harpsichordist Alastair Thompson comes from a family of musicians and dancers and could not possibly stay away from the stage for long. In April 2011 he co-directed a stage performance of Matthew Locke's 1657 masque Cupid and Death (the masque is a form of festive festive entertainment that flourished at courts in 16th- and early 17th-century Europe). As a harpsichordist, he has accompanied performers at Boston-area conservatories and collaborated with many chamber ensembles, including Seven Times Salt, Les Enfants Terribles, the Zelenka Project, Patalena, the Weckmann Project, the Cavalier Consort, and Fourscore. He is also active as accompanist and administrator with Amherst Early Music.