Guitar duo Michael Newman and Laura Oltman founded Raritan River Music Festival 25 years ago. Since then, they’ve brought an eclectic mix of classical music to Hunterdon County every May. This year, to mark the Festival’s anniversary, the 300th anniversary of Hunterdon County, and the 350th anniversary of New Jersey, the Festival is presenting a series of concerts featuring music from 1714, 1814, 1914, and 2014. On May 4, 2014, Chatham Baroque played music from the time of the colonies in the historic Prallsville Mills in Stockton, New Jersey. The earliest parts of the mill date back to 1790, not too long after independence. Although Corelli, Kapsperger, Scarlatti, and Couperin might not have been listened to in an industrial mill back then, the members of Chatham Baroque appreciate the historical setting and acoustical qualities of the old wooden building.
Scott Pauley of Chatham Baroque describes his “archlute,” a bass lute that was used in the 17th and 18th centuries. The performance is of Arcangelo Corelli’s “Sonata in A minor Op. 4 No.. 5 (Rome 1694).
Produced by Susan Wallner.