BAHB is the founder and manager of the baroque ensemble “Buccina Cantorum”.
Each member is a Virtuoso in his or her own right. We have been performing together for 3 years and have dedicated ourselves to the performance styles and techniques of the Baroque Period.
ROBERT (BAHB) CIVILETTI, Natural Trumpet, Tromba da Tirarsi Mr. Civiletti has performed in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland the Netherlands, Russia and Sweden. He has toured with such notables as Friedemann Immer and Edward H. Tarr. BAHB is the founder and manager of THE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE “BUCCINA CANTORUM” and has recorded 2 Cd’s “BAHB and FRIENDS” and “Music of the Italian Baroque”. In addition to his concert touring, he is co–author of the book “Trumpet Secrets” (Secrets of the Tongue-Controlled Embouchure) TCE.
Mr. Civiletti gives private and group clinics on Embouchure Development both in the U.S. and Europe. He performs on a Baroque Trumpet by Rainer Egger of Basil, Switzerland, modeled on an original instrument by Leonhard Ehe II (1663-1724) Hass.
CYNTHIA MARRS, Keyboardist, has performed as a Concert Soloist and Accompanist in the New York Metropolitan Area. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse State University in Piano Performance and received her Masters from Montclair State University. Ms. Marrs is a founding member of THE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE “BUCCINA CANTORUM” and has recorded a CD “Music of the Italian Baroque”. Ms. Marrs has performed in Italy, Austria and New York City. She is a member of “Sigma Alpha Iota” and the “International Federation of Musicians”. She performs on a late 16th century Virginal, maker unknown.
KATY SUMROW, Mezzo Soprano/Contralto, was born in Gdansk, Poland. At an early age, she received a full music scholarship to the Chopin School of Music. Upon graduating she signed a contract with the Warsaw Philharmonic Chorus and toured through Spain and Germany. Ms. Sumrow performed in the Polish Requiem with Leonard Bernstein and Liv Ullman at the Teatr Wielki in Warsaw on International television. Ms. Sumrow’s repertoires as a Soloist include Baroque, Opera, Jazz, Spiritual and the Broadway idiom. Ms. Sumrow is a founding member of THE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE “BUCCINA CANTORUM” and has recorded a CD “Music of the Italian Baroque”.
Visit Ms. Sumrow’s website at http://www.katysumrow.com
EXCERPTS FROM CONCERTS AND CD REVIEWS
Reviews of Robert (BAHB) Civiletti’s Natural Trumpet Performances at Early Brass Festivals
Historic Brass Society Newsletter #17
Yale University July 25-27,2003
…Bahb with his trio “Buccina Cantorum” demonstrated their virtuosity in the works of Caldara, Vivaldi, Fux and Telemann.
HBS Symposium Basel Switzerland Instrument Museum June 11th 2004
… Robert Bahb Civiletti gave a dazzling performance of Georg von Reutter II Concerto No. 1 …Civiletti gave a brilliant reading of this extremely difficult work playing g’s above high c!!
Early Brass Festival
Oberlin College Conservatory, Oberlin Ohio July 23-25, 2004
…performance/lecture by trumpeter Robert BAHB Civiletti, Johann Heinisch and the Concerti of Georg von Reutter II …Civiletti brilliantly performed the extremely difficult Reuter Concerto No.1 with g’s above high c …BAHB performed another late Baroque trumpet concerto by Joseph Riepel a work equally as difficult and stratospheric as the Reutter concerto, and as wonderfully played.
The Historic Brass Society
Frank Hosticka, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra NYC.
“…BAHB Civiletti, an American Baroque Trumpet Virtuoso and Buccina Cantorum produced this notable Period Instrument CD that should convince many of us that not all the talent lays ‘across the pond’…”
The Montclair Music Club
Patricia Person, Music Critic Bel Canto Singers of Rhode Island.
“…Buccina Cantorum gave a splendid performance for the Montclair Music Club and Chamber Orchestra…Ms. Sumrow’s rich fine tones, especially in the high register was extremely outstanding. The balance between the instrumentalist, and the overall interpretation of Baroque style was superb.”
Saint Paul’s Concert Series
Edward Green, Professor of Music Manhattan School of Music NYC.
“…Buccina Cantorum gave a gripping concert of music spanning nearly the entire Baroque era. Mr. Civiletti-one of the most remarkable early music trumpeters in the world today… Polish mezzo/contralto Ms. Sumrow sang with deep feeling and negotiated the demanding coloratura of the great ‘Bel Canto’ period with ease…Ms. Marrs, Harpsichordist… provided a solid and imaginative backing for the entire performance, as well as an engaging and rhythmically vital performance of Bach’s Toccata on D major.”
The Stone Tower Concert Series
James Wynne, Organist, Dover Presbyterian Church NJ.
“…an Early Music performance to be remembered. …Buccina Cantorum transported the audience back to a period where listening to music was reserved only for the privileged.”
The Norwegian Trumpet Forum
Ole Utner, President Norwegian Trumpet Forum.
“Civiletti is in the ‘Top league’ of Natural/Baroque Trumpeters together with Eklund, Immer, Bennett and a few others… that he has risen to this level of playing in only five short years, is a testimony to the Tongue-Controlled Embouchure that he has developed with Jerome Callet.”
An evening of Elegant Baroque Music
Monsignor Patrick Brown, Saint Vincent De Paul Roman Catholic Church Stirling, NJ.
“…Buccina Cantorum gave a marvelous performance of sacred and secular music. It is hard to believe that this music was performed on such instruments.”
Englewood Library Concert Series
Marilyn Kaplan Concert and Broadway Artist.
“This is an outstanding Baroque Ensemble. The synchronization among the musician is superb. The intonation was impeccable. They triumphed over the adversities of their period instruments.”