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Music Director: Gwendolyn Toth, keyboard; Jessica Tranzillo, soprano; Barbara Hollinshead, mezzo-soprano; Drew Minter, countertenor; Philip Anderson, tenor; Michael Brown, tenor; Peter Becker, bass-baritone; Robert Mealy, violin; Vita Wallace, violin; Lisa Terry, viola da gamba; Grant Herreid, lute; Charles Weaver, lute; Daniel Swenberg, theorbo; Christa Patton, harp
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ARTEK has gained a reputation for exciting, dramatic performances of baroque music. Audiences love ARTEK concerts for their compelling performances of beautiful poetry and infectious dance rhythms that infuse the performances with vitality and spirit. Highlights of ARTEK's past seasons include ARTEK's acclaimed theater show, I'll Never See the Stars Again, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005; standing ovation performances to sell-out crowds at Regensburg Tage Alter Musik Festival, Germany; and American venues such as the prestigious Boston Early Music Festival in 2003, Music Before 1800, Princeton Friends of Music, and many others. ARTEK makes its Lincoln Center Debut in spring 2010, and will present a special 400th Anniversary performance of Monteverdi's Vespers win collaboration with the National Gallery of Arts, Piffaro, and Parthenia in January 2010 in both New York City and Washington DC. ARTEK toured from 1997 to 2002 with the Mark Morris Dance Group, visiting major venues in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada, as well as more than 50 of America's premier theaters. ARTEK's recordings of Monteverdi's Orfeo and other early Italian repertoire have been widely praised.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Master classes in voice, guitar, keyboard, violin; lecture demo on historical performance, early fingering, rhetoric for singers; improvising recitative for teens; also general early music/classical music introduction for younger children and teens.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
The Perfection of Modern Music (Monteverdi madrigals, Book 5); I Don't Want to Love (Monteverdi madrigals); I'll Never See the Stars Again (one-hour staged version of Monteverdi madrigals); Love and Death (Monteverdi and other 17th-century Italian music); Graveyard Music (multimedia Baroque program on themes of death and sorcery).
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