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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Peter H. Bloom, Renaissance and baroque flutes; Carol Lewis, viole da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lutes, theorbo and early guitars
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Celebrating its 25th season in 2010-2011, Ensemble Chaconne is a period-instrument trio devoted to vivid, historically-informed performance of music from the 16th through the 18th centuries. Since 1985, the group has concertized widely, acclaimed for compelling and dynamic artistry. MusicWeb International hailed their “vitality and character…style and verve,” while The Portland Press Herald praised their “virtuosity, balance and charm.” The ensemble was selected as featured performer at The Royal Shakespeare Company’s 2006 Residency Project with Davidson College; has been commissioned by world-renowned museums to perform themed programs for major exhibitions; and has given premieres of new works by leading American and European composers. Distinguished guest artists include mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal, Ken Pierce Baroque Dancers and French soprano Anne Azéma. A member of New England States Touring Roster and South Carolina Artists in Education Roster, Ensemble Chaconne is managed by Americas Musicworks and records on the Americas Musicworks label.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Ensemble Chaconne designs education and outreach programs to meet each client’s needs. Examples include: Lecture-demonstrations on historical instruments and singing styles; Historical dance workshops for all ages and skill levels; Mini-concerts for schools, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, local businesses, others; Master classes; Multi-discipline roundtable sessions (e.g., music, theatre, literature, dance and visual arts); Pre-concert talks and post-concert Q&A
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays, with mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal; Le Triomphe de L’Amour: Music and Dance from the Court of Louis XIV with Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company; Music of Thomas Gainsborough’s Circle (Carl Friedrich Abel, Felice de Giardini, J.C. Bach, Johann Christian Fischer and Rudolf Straube); Benjamin Franklin, A Musical Portrait with Pamela Dellal (music that Franklin knew and loved from London, Paris and Philadelphia; works by Handel, Stanley, Gluck, Rameau, Francis Hopkinson and Anne Brillon de Jouy, Franklin’s eternal paramour). Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sang: Christmas Music of the Late Renaissance, with Pamela Dellal; Courtly Pastorales: Vocal and Instrumental Music from 17th and 18th Century France with French soprano Anne Azéma. Fees will vary depending on the program chosen and the logistics of each particular tour. Ensemble Chaconne is flexible and works with each client to meet budgets as closely as possible.
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