EMA Announces APAP Gala Showcase Concert Participants

10 Dec 2008

(SEATTLE, WA)— Early Music America, the national service organization for the field of early music, has selected three of its member ensembles to participate in a Gala Showcase Concert on January 11, 2009, in connection with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference in New York City.

The ensembles, chosen in a national competitive application process, are Agave Baroque, a quartet based in Los Angeles; Fanfare Consort, a Baroque quintet based in Connecticut; and the Wheeler and Lipski Duo, a Renaissance lute and voice ensemble based in Massachusetts.

Agave Baroque’s members include Aaron Westman, violin; Kevin Cooper, guitar; JungHae Kim, harpsichord; and Shirley Edith Hunt, viola da gamba. They will perform 17th-century music by Buxtehude, Erlebach, and Schmelzer.
Fanfare Consorts’ members include Thom Freas, clarino (Baroque trumpet); Lisa Rautenberg and Amanda Burr, violins; Douglas Freundlich, lute; and Christa Rakich, keyboards. They will perform Baroque music by Marini and Corelli.

The Wheeler and Lipski Duo consists of soprano Amy Elizabeth Wheeler and lutenist Jaroslaw Lipski. They will perform 16th-century songs by Johnson, Jones, Dowland, and Morley.

The showcase concert is being presented by Gotham Early Music Scene, the service organization for early music in New York City, and will also feature three New York-based groups represented by GEMS Live! (ARTEK, Asteria, New York Consort of Viols), plus The Venere Lute Quartet, an ensemble represented by Nancy Carlin Associates. The concert will be performed twice, at 6pm and at 8:30pm (for the benefit of presenters attending the APAP conference) in the Chapel of the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, 7 West 55th Street, in New York. Admission is FREE to the public, no tickets or reservations needed. Attendees may come to the door starting at 5:30.

Concert schedule:
6:00 - 6:20 Fanfare Consort
6:20 - 6:40 Wheeler and Lipski Duo
6:40 - 7:00 Agave Baroque
7:00 - 7:20 Asteria
7:20 - 7:40 Venere Lute Quartet
7:40 - 8:00 New York Consort of Viols ('Road from Valencia')
8:00 - 8:20 ARTEK

8:20 - 8:30 BREAK

8:30 - 8:50 Fanfare Consort
8:50 - 9:10 Wheeler and Lipski Duo
9:10 - 9:30 Agave Baroque
9:30 - 9:50 Asteria
9:50 - 10:10 Venere Lute Quartet
10:10 - 10:30 New York Consort of Viols
10:30 - 10:50 ARTEK

Maria Coldwell
(206) 720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT
info@earlymusic.org; www.earlymusic.org

About Early Music America
Early Music America serves and strengthens the early music community in North America and raises public awareness of early music. EMA was founded in 1985 and provides its 3,000 members with publications, advocacy, and technical support. EMA publishes the quarterly magazine Early Music America. “Early music” includes western music from the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, and Classical periods, performed on period instruments in historically-informed styles. For more information, contact Early Music America at 206-720-6270 or 888-SACKBUT, or visit our web site at www.earlymusic.org. EMA's participation in this showcase project is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.