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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Beverly Au, viols; Lawrence Lipnik, viols, recorders, voice; Rosamund Morley, viols; Lisa Terry, viols. Various guest artists such as Julianne Baird, soprano; Ellen Hargis, soprano; Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek, mezzo-soprano; Ryland Angel, countertenor; Robert Mealy, violin; Paul Hecht, actor; Roberta Maxwell, actor; lutenist as needed. (Depending on program offered.)
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Parthenia, hailed by the New Yorker as "one of the brightest lights in New York's early-music scene," is a dynamic ensemble exploring the extraordinary repertory for viols from Tudor England to the court of Versailles and beyond. Known for its remarkable sense of ensemble, Parthenia performs in concerts and festivals across America including The Morgan Library, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Harrison-Jewell Music Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Miller Theatre, Music Before 1800, Maverick Concerts, Madison Early Music Festival, Connecticut Early Music Festival, and the Regensburg Tage Alter Music. The ensemble produces its own lively and distinguished concert series in NYC, collaborating regularly with the world's foremost early music specialists including Piffaro, Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis, and Paul O'Dette. Parthenia also actively commissions and premieres many new works by today's outstanding composers including Phil Kline, Max Lifchitz, Richard Einhorn, Eleonor Sandresky, Frances White, Brian Fennelly, Will Ayton, Randy Sandke, David Glaser and Kristin Norderval. Parthenia records on the MSR Classics label. For more information about Parthenia, please go to www.parthenia.org.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
Members of Parthenia, a consort of viols, are joined by actor Paul Hecht to give audiences/students an insight into the creative and artistic commonality of music and poetry. Programs for all ages are available, from grade school to adult. Mr. Hecht appears with Parthenia in three touring programs (Nothing Proved; When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree; Musical Visions/Poetic Genius) and the music and poetry chosen for the outreach can be tailored to reflect the content of the program offered.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
When Music and Sweet Poetry Agree; As it Fell on a Holie Eve - Christmas music from Elizabethan England; Voices of the Viol - Masterpieces of Renaissance chamber music; An Elizabethan Songbook; Les Amours de Mai - Love Songs in the Age of Ronsard; Purcell and Bach - Fancies and Fugues; Musical Visions/Poetic Genius
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