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Local Musician to Perform Classical Show with a Twist

Rachel Begley is the co-director of Fire & Folly, a foursome of classical musicians that will deliver a performance in Stony Brook on Sunday.

It's not every day you'll hear baroque-era music played on period instruments – but Sunday is a day you can.

Fire & Folly, co-founded in 2010 by Port Jefferson Station resident Rachel Begley, will take the stage on Sunday at Le Petit Salon de Musique, a classical music series at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at Stony Brook. Show time is set for 2 p.m.

Praised as a "tight, high-energy, balanced ensemble" by American Recorder, Fire & Folly will present a show with 18th-century replica instruments called "Mixed Marriages," featuring Begley on recorder and bassoon, co-director Jeffrey Grossman on harpsichord, Leah Nelson on violin, and Ezra Seltzer on cello.

"We are combining forces that you wouldn’t expect to see together," Begley said. "You wouldn’t expect to have a duet between a violin and a bassoon. You wouldn’t expect French music to be paired with Italian music."

Begley, who studied music in her native England before coming to Stony Brook for her Master's and doctorate degrees, said one of her favorite pieces in the show is an 18th-century arrangement of Scottish folk songs put together by an Italian composer.

"It’s kind of wild to think about that happening – and to think about that happening back in the 18th century," she said.

Tickets for this event are $20 at the door or $15 online at
www.lepetitsalon.org (with discounts for seniors and students). Le Petit Salon de Musique is hosted by UUFSB, a nonprofit religious organization with a mission that encompasses social and economic justice.

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