Contact: Dr. Gale Odom, Dean, Hurley School of Music, 318-869-5235,
Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120
Consort to Perform
Dec. 10 at Centenary
SHREVEPORT, LA -- On
Sunday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., the Friends of Music Concert Series at Centenary
College will present the world-famous Baltimore Consort. The program
will be in the Recital Hall of the Hurley School of Music.
Admission is $8 for
adults and $4 for students. Centenary faculty, staff, and students
are admitted free.
The program will feature
old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France, Germany and
Appalachia, including Noel Nouvelet, Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen
and Wassail! Wassail! All Over the Town!
The Baltimore Consort
was founded in 1980 to perform the music of Shakespeare's time and has
explored English, Scottish and French popular music of the 16th to 18th
centuries, as well as German Christmas tunes and Italian music of the Renaissance.
Treading the line between folk and art music, they play in the spirit of
their historic predecessors with artful improvising and arranging.
The Consort's interest in early music of England and Scotland, as well
as their own personal roots, has led them to delve into the rich trove
of traditional ballads and dance tunes preserved in the Appalachian Mountains
and Nova Scotia.
The Baltimore Consort
has toured extensively in the United States and in 1992, initiated European
touring with appearances in Vienna and Regensburg. They have also
performed in Scotland at the Glasgow Early Music Festival. They have
become familiar to radio audiences through their syndicated broadcasts
on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, CBC Radio's On
Stage, and on the BBC.
Originating in Baltimore,
where for many years they presented a subscription series of early music
concerts, the Baltimore Consort has enjoyed multi-year residencies at the
Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Conservatory. They have released
several compact discs on Dorian Recordings, including On the Banks of
Helicon (early music of Scotland), Watdins Ale (music
of the English Renaissance, and LaRocque 'n' Roll (popular
music of Renaissance France). Their Yuletide recording Bright
Day Star was named "Best Small Ensemble Release" by Allegro
in 1994. Absolute Sound named their CD A Trip to Killburn
"Best Recording of 1996."
The six performers
represent a wide variety of talents. Mary Anne Ballard, player of
viols and rebec, is the chief researcher for the Consort's programs.
She is currently on the faculty of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute.
Mark Cudek, who plays cittern, bass viol and winds, is the director of
the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble.
Soprano Custer LaRue
specializes in singing medieval and Renaissance music, and has several
prize-winning solo CDs. She also tours as a ballad singer and sings
with Canticum Novun of Virginia.
Bass viol and wind
player Larry Lipkis is chair of the Department of Music, composer- in-residence
and director of early music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Penn.
Lutenist Ronn McFarlane
possesses a "talent comparable to James Galway's for the flute or Yo-Yo
Ma's for the cello," according to the Washington Post. He
has recorded several solo lute albums for the Dorian label.
Chris Norman, player
of flute and bagpipes, has performed with the Celtic fusion group Skydance,
as well as with the international folk trio Helicon. His highly acclaimed
solo recordings include an appearance on the soundtrack of the movie Titanic.
The New Yorker
says, "Few early music players have more fun making music than the Baltimore
"The Baltimore Consort
is perhaps the best balancing act of period authenticity, instrumental
precision and sheer fun in the early music community today," says the Times-Dispatch
of Richmond, Va.
For further information,
contact Centenary's Hurley School of Music at 318-869-5235.
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