1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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Grand Opening Festival

Classical Music Series:

Lute Song Workshop
Faculty Concert
Kayleen Sánchez, Soprano
Laudon Schuett, Lutenist

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 4:00 pm
at the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing


Preservation New Jersey is honored to host the public concerts of this year's BEDLAM Lute Song Workshop, in which 16th Century English lute songs will be performed in the light of stained glass and the beautiful acoustics of the 1867 Sanctuary at Ewing!

A concert by workshop faculty BEDLAM will take place on Saturday followed by a concert by workshop participants on Sunday. For further information about the workshop, visit bedlamlutesongworkshop.wordpress.com

In 2013, Kayleen Sánchez and lutenist Dr. Laudon Schuett formed BEDLAM, an early music duo. BEDLAM has performed concert tours throughout the U.S., and has performed for the Phoenix Early Music Society, Pegasus Early Music (Rochester, NY), and the Rochester Early Music Festival. BEDLAM performances feature improvised ornamentation, rhetorical gestures, quicksilver changes in affect, and original pronunciation, allowing Kayleen to marry her passion for historically-informed performance practice with her love of languages. In 2015, Bedlam released its debut album, BEDLAM (Athyr Records), featuring Scottish lute songs of the 16th century. BEDLAM has been broadcast on Rochester’s WXXI, WWFM’s “Well-Tempered Baroque”, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, and will be aired on Arizona PBS this year.

Despite the fact that these songs were written centuries ago, Kayleen Sánchez and Laudon Schuett dazzle audiences with engaging performances of songs that deal with remarkably familiar and relevant themes. John Lacombe, lute, will join the duo for a few songs and lute duets.

Bedlam is a 15th and 16th century colloquial term for the Bethlem Royal Hospital in London, England. At the time it was an infamous psychiatric facility and an inspiration for artists and writers living around it. The term Bedlam eventually entered “everyday speech to signify a state of madness, chaos, and the irrational nature of the world” (Andrews et al. 1997, p.1-2, p.130-131). Perhaps the most famous musical reference to Bedlam is Henry Purcell’s “From Silent Shades and the Elysian Groves,” also known as “Mad Bess of Bedlam” and is an early example of the “mad song” genre. Both Kayleen (BM, MM in Voice) and Laudon (MM, DMA in Early Music) studied at the Eastman School of Music and have decided, perhaps madly and against all good advice, to pursue careers in music! Bedlam is dedicated to exploring the rich repertoires of music for voice and lute in the 16th and 17th centuries. It is not our goal to simply recreate performance practices of early music for educational purposes but to use the knowledge of such practices to produce vivid, visceral, and above-all, entertaining music. We hope you enjoy!

John Orluk LacombeJohn Orluk Lacombe performs as a soloist and with small ensembles on renaissance lutes and baroque guitar. He plays regularly with Bucks County based, La Fiocco, and other groups throughout Central New Jersey, including the new Early Music Princeton. He also appears as an invited guest in English and literature courses to demonstrate Renaissance lute music and discuss musical aesthetics. John earned an M.A. in musicology at SUNY Buffalo where he focused on issues of authenticity in musical performance. He has studied lute, baroque guitar, and theorbo with Richard Stone, Daniel Swenberg, and the late Patrick O’Brien and has participated in master classes with Paul O’Dette, Ronn McFarlane, and Nigel North. More info. and videos of BEDLAM are available at www.bedlamearlymusic.com.

Kayleen Sánchez is an imaginative, inspiring, and deeply communicative artist and teacher, equally effective whether performing opera, singing art song, or teaching historically-informed performance practice and healthy vocal technique. An active performing artist, Sánchez’ recent appearances include operatic roles with the Haymarket Opera Company in Chicago, an appearance with the Newberry Consort, performances with the St. Charles Singers, and recitals at the Winnetka Recital Series in Winnetka, Illinois, the Winterpast Recital Series in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and recitals at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In December 2014, she was the soprano soloist for Handel’s Messiah with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, directed by Maestro Delta David Gier. She has been a featured soloist in two CDs of Mozart choral works with the St. Charles Singers and the Metropolis Chamber Orchestra: St. Charles Singers: MAGNIFICENT MOZART (St. Charles Singers, 2012), and St. Charles Singers: LUMINESCENCE (St. Charles Singers, 2013). Kayleen has recorded songs by composer George Morey, which will be featured in a CD titled Music of George Morey (expected release 2016), and her performances have been broadcast on Chicago’s WFMT and on South Dakota Public Broadcasting television and radio.

Kayleen’s passion for early music has as its counterpoint her love of new music. American composer Dr. David M. Gordon praised her performance of his piece “Fader, stilla våra andar,” as “deeply moving and extraordinarily precise.” Gordon later dedicated a large-scale work for soprano, piano, and violin, “Mysteria Incarnationis,” to Sánchez and her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez, and invited them to premier the work in March 2016. The work is set in Syriac, and requires the soprano to play Thai button gongs, finger cymbals, vibratone, toy piano, and a glass globe filled with water. Other recent performances of new music have included compositions by Dr. Jacob Bancks, George Morey, and Dr. Shawn Okpebholo.

Kayleen will be featured on the CD Magus Insipiens (Soundset Recordings), performing three song cycles composed by her husband, Paul Sánchez. Writing about the CD, American poet Sherod Santos states: “Kayleen Sánchez’ wonderfully sensitive interpretations evoke the full sway of Sappho’s fervent, impassioned imagination. Indeed, Sánchez’ keen technical virtuosity manages to capture the finely shaded gradations of emotion that all three song cycles draw up from the well of human experience. Listen closely and you’ll discover that, long after the final syllable is sung, her voice still thrills along the spine.” She will also be featured on the upcoming CD, West Meets East (Albany Records).

Sánchez believes in teaching healthy technique, informed musicianship, refined and responsible diction, deeply committed communication, and finding one’s own unique voice. She has presented master classes at the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music, has been a guest teacher at Baylor University and McLennan Community College, was a clinician at the SING! workshop in St. Charles, Illinois, and has coached pianists in the performance of lieder at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.

Sánchez received her Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music. She is the music director at Zion Lutheran Church of McGregor, TX, and resides in Waco, TX with her husband, pianist Paul Sánchez.

Laudon Schuett was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1986. His interest in music began when he taught himself how to play and read music on the guitar at age 11. After a few years of playing electric guitar and studying under Michael Singer, he was encouraged to explore classical music. While in high school, he attended Glendale Community College in the evenings, taking classical guitar courses and lessons under Chuck Hulihan, now a well known gypsy jazz guitar performer. Laudon earned his BM in Guitar Performance under Frank Koonce at Arizona State University. While helping professor Koonce with transcriptions of vihuela music, Laudon became fascinated by the study and performance of early music. He purchased a $500 Pakistani lute during the summer before his senior year and cut his nails off (a cringe-worthy move for most classical guitarists!). Luckily, professor Koonce encouraged his interest He entered the graduate early music program at the Eastman School of Music, studying lute, theorbo, and performance practice under Paul O’Dette. Laudon completed his MM in Early Music (Emphasis: Historical Plucked Instruments) in 2010 and completed his DMA in the fall of 2013. In 2011, Laudon won the Lute Society of America competition and performed a winner’s concert at the Boston Early Music Festival that year. Laudon has also written an article for the Lute of Society of America on articulation and interpretation in Nicolas Vallet’s music, published in their quarterly. In the fall of 2011, he co-directed a performance of John Blow’s “Venus and Adonis,” the first staged production in the Eastman School of Music’s new recital hall, Hatch Hall. In 2012, he was a recipient of the Lute Society of America scholarship to attend the 2012 LSA Summer Workshop but was unfortunately unable to attend. Laudon has also been a guest lecturer and performer at Glendale Community College, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, the Eastman School of Music, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He is now an active performer in Durham, NC. Laudon is a member of BEDLAM, a duo with soprano Kayleen Sánchez. He also performs frequently with La Fiocco.

Tickets are $20 for General Admission, $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary, and only $5 for school and college students with ID. A discounted pass is available for those attending both the Saturday and Sunday performances. Tickets may be purchased online below by selecting your ticket option and clicking on the "Buy Now" link to use credit or debit card or your PayPal account. If ordering two or three ticket types, each type must be purchased in a separate order. You will receive an email confirmation of each purchase. Online tickets will be held at the box office; please print and bring your receipt in case it is needed to confirm your purchase.

GROUP RATES are available. Choose the Group ticket option and each ticket will have a $5 discount from the General Admission price (same as the Friends of the 1867 Sanctuary ticket price)! Group rate tickets must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rates apply only to advance online sales and cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert. Groups must present themselves at the box office at the same time. For group orders of fewer than 10 people, the full General Admission rate (less the amount prepaid) may be required at the box office at the time of admission. Group rates do not apply to Student prices.

Tickets may be reserved at the box office for payment by cash, check or credit card by calling 609-392-6409 or emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org. Tickets may also be purchased at the door as space allows.

The concert is FREE for participants in the Lute Song Workshop.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary is wheelchair accessible using the ramp on the left side of the building.

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