Postcard design by Lee Ryder

Songs for a Parisian Spring

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 4:00 PM
The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson St., MANHATTAN

In their 5BMF debuts, NYC-based viol consort Parthenia teams up with Boston-based vocal ensemble Blue Heron for a new program of 16th-century French sacred and secular works, featuring music by Claude Le Jeune, André Pevernage, Eustache Du Caurroy, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and others.

Performers on this program include:
Blue Heron: Scott Metcalfe, director & violin; Michael Barrett, Paul Guttry, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Shari Wilson, voices
Parthenia: Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley, Lisa Terry, viols
With guest performers Emily Walhout, viol and Hank Heijink, lute

Tickets: $40 reserved seating/$25 general admission. $10 student or fixed income available at the door; Under 18 free. BUY NOW

About the performers:
Vocal ensemble Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as “one of the Boston music community’s indispensables” and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the “expressive intensity” of its interpretations; the Boston Musical Intelligencer calls Blue Heron “a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century.” Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire. Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents subscription series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City. The ensemble has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, New York’s 92nd Street Y, The Cloisters, and Music Before 1800, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, and with the wind band Piffaro and the viol consort Parthenia in Philadelphia. Blue Heron made its West Coast debut at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and returned to California in 2012 for a debut at the Berkeley Early Music Festival.

Parthenia, hailed by The New Yorker as “one of the brightest lights in New York’s early-music scene,” is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own concert series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world’s foremost early music artists and ensembles. It has has been featured on radio and television as well as festivals and series including Music Before 1800, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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