Folger Consort

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Current Performance Ensembles
Folger Consort

Personal Summary / Bio

Folger Consort is recognized nationwide as a model chamber music ensemble, performing music from the twelfth through eighteenth centuries. Artistic Directors and Founding Members Robert Eisenstein and Christopher Kendall form the core of the ensemble, having met when they played music as undergraduates at Antioch College in Ohio. They are joined by magnificent guest artists, both singers and instrumentalists.

The ensemble's recording—two titles on cassette and twelve more on compact disc—are available from, iTunes, and distributed nationwide by Albany Music Distributor Inc., 1 (800) 752–1951.

Robert Eisenstein, violin, viol, recorder, founding member and program director of the Folger Consort, with which he has toured nationally, recorded extensively and for which he has composed program notes and lectured frequently on its wide ranging repertoire from the middle ages to the baroque. In addition to his work with the Consort, he is the director of the Five College Early Music Program in western Massachusetts, where he teaches music history, performs regularly on viola da gamba, violin, and medieval fiddle, and coordinates and directs student performances of medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music. He is an active participant in Five College Medieval Studies and recently served as a Music Director for the Five College Opera Project production of the first opera by a woman composer, Francesca Caccini's La Liberazione di Ruggiero. He has a particular interest in the use of computer technology in the service of music and enjoys teaching a course at Mount Holyoke College called Fun with Music and Technology. He has performed with many ensembles including the Washington Bach Consort, the Newberry Consort, the National Symphony, Western Wind, and recently at Tanglewood, Amherst Early Music, and other summer festivals. He studied viola da gamba with Judith Davidoff and Richard Taruskin.

Christopher Kendall, lute, vihuela, Renaissance guitar, theorbo, is the founder of the Folger Consort, which emerged as a significant and enduring presence on the DC cultural scene in 1977. Since 2005, he has been Dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he has added the Theatre and Dance programs to the name of the School and launched a university-wide initiative recognizing the fundamental role of the all the arts in the human condition and in human culture called "Arts on Earth ." From 1996 to 2005, he was Director of the School of Music at the University of Maryland, during a period of significant institutional growth related to the building of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on that campus. Associate Conductor of the Seattle Symphony from 1987 to 1992 and Director of the Music Division and Tanglewood Institute of the Boston University School for the Arts from 1993 to 1996, Mr Kendall is also Artistic Director, founder and conductor of the 21st Century Consort, new music ensemble-in-residence since 1975 at the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Kendall has guest conducted many orchestras and ensembles, including frequent appearances with all the Juilliard School's ensembles, and professional orchestras and ensembles from San Francisco to New York, in repertoire from the 18th to the 21st centuries. His recordings can be heard on the Bard, Delos, Nonesuch, Centaur, ASV, Arabesque, Innova, and Smithsonian Collection labels.



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My Music

TitleComposerPerformer/EnsembleUpload DateLengthPlayDownload
In dulci jubiloMichael PraetoriusThe Folger ConsortDec 3 20096:59
Nisi Dominus, Psalm 126Claudio MonteverdiThe Folger ConsortDec 3 20094:40
Branle simple; doubleMichael PraetoriusThe Folger ConsortDec 3 20092:02
Full Fathom FiveMatthew Locke and Robert SmithThe Folger ConsortDec 3 20092:24
Amarilli mia bellaFrancesca CacciniThe Folger Consort feat. Drew MinterDec 3 20093:07
Poi che rotto ha il amoreGiovanni GastoldiFolger ConsortSep 16 20091:15
lo foco son, voi ghiaccioGiovanni GastoldiFolger ConsortSep 16 20091:36
Ride e scherzo, crudelGiovanni GastoldiFolger ConsortSep 16 20090:52
Burlesque de Quixotte OuvertureGeorg Philipp TelemannFolger ConsortDec 2 20083:13
Virgen Santa MariaAlfonso the WiseFolger ConsortDec 2 20082:12
Cantata MovementsGeorge Frideric HandelFolger ConsortDec 2 20084:19
Verbum caro factum estPhilippe RogierFolger Consort with ORPHEUS and PIFFARODec 2 20086:33
Tedescha-Schiarazula MarazulaGiorgio MainerioFolger ConsortDec 2 20082:47