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Riverview Consort – A Celebration of Spring

May 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey is pleased to present The Riverview Consort in A Celebration of Spring at the 1867 Sanctuary. Enjoy a delightful evening of music and song from the renaissance celebrating the passage from this year’s harsh cold winter into the lovely spring and summer. Our group will include soprano and tenor voices, renaissance recorders, and two pluckers performing on lutes, renaissance guitar, and renaissance cittern. We’ve pulled together what promises to be a joyfully entertaining program with pieces that relate to the season of spring and some of the important themes that come with it – Flowers, Birds, and Young Love!

The Riverview Consort is based in Bucks County, PA and strives to present enjoyable performances of Early Music from the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Baroque periods with special attention to the various plucked string instruments that evolved throughout those periods. Performing in this concert will be John Burkhalter – recorders, Abigail Chapman – soprano, Ryan Closs – plucked strings, Peter Gregory – percussion, David Kellett – tenor, and John Lacombe – plucked strings.

Abigail Chapman is a versatile light lyric soprano who sings music ranging from 12th-century chant to compositions written today. While she performs music from all periods and has sung in a variety of musical styles, she is best known for her work in early music, her performances of 20th and 21st century music, and her creative song recitals. Ms. Chapman holds an MM in Voice from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College. A current resident of Yardley, PA and a proud native of Damariscotta, Maine, she has also lived and sung in and around New York City, Philadelphia, Denver, and Baltimore, and has performed elsewhere around the United States, as well as in Germany, Japan, and New Zealand.

John Burkhalter, recorders, studied the performance of early music at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston under Daniel Pinkham and the performance of Baroque music at Harvard University under Dutch recorder virtuoso, scholar, and conductor Frans Bruggen. In addition, he received valuable instruction from the distinguished Swiss Baroque oboist and recorder virtuoso Michel Piguet. A founding member of The Practitioners of Musick, Mr. Burkhalter has also performed with Le Triomphe de l’amour, Brandywine Baroque, the Princeton University early music group Early Music Princeton, La Fiocco, and Les Agréments de musique. He regularly performs in various English Country Dance Bands in association, most notably, with the Germantown Colonial Assembly of Philadelphia and New York City’s 92nd Street Y.

John Lacombe performs on historical plucked string instruments from the renaissance and baroque eras. Hailing from Buffalo, New York he studied historical musicology at SUNY Buffalo and has studied lute with Pat O’Brien, Dan Swenberg, and Richard Stone. He currently lives in Washington Crossing, PA and has performed with various period instruments ensembles, collaborated frequently with singers on lute-song repertory, and participated in educational panels and lecture-recitals to discuss musical culture in the renaissance and today. His interests include helping people find a personal connection with music regardless of the era or style, homebrewing, and pop-up books.

Peter Gregory trained at The Berklee College of Music in Boston before moving to New York City in 1985. In NYC, he worked with such artists and ensembles as Ralph Towner, Bo Diddley, The Drifters, The Ink Spots, The Marvelettes, The Coasters, The Crystals, Candido Camero, Gary U.S. Bonds, and The Big Apple Circus. In addition to teaching privately, from 1991 to 2000 he was a percussion instructor at The Juilliard School with the Music Advancement Program, a program dedicated to bringing music to inner-city children. In 2006, Peter moved back to his native Denver, Colorado, where he played with Richie Cole, Nelson Rangell, and other jazz and blues artists. He also played for the 2012 production of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. In 2016 Peter launched Gregory Tech Drum Center, a state-of-the-art drum teaching and recording studio in Yardley, PA.

Ryan Closs is a Lutenist and Guitarist from Long Island, New York.  His instruments have brought him to many workshops and festivals to study with the top performers in his fields. Having grown up with a strong background in Rock and Jazz music, his classical studies have urged him to dig deeper towards unlocking the early music secrets of plucked string performance. Still performing today’s pop music hits, as well the famous ‘pop-music’ from previous eras, provides an enlightened perspective of how music and poetry speak to us in ways that are simply timeless. Now an avid enthusiast of early music practices, Ryan participates in many outreach concerts bringing the Lute to new audiences performing the olde folk songs, complimented with new contemporary folk songs in a universal Troubador fashion.

Critics and audiences assessing David Kellett‘s performances have consistently remarked on the clarity and purity of his tenor voice, praised the taste, refinement and subtlety of his interpretations and lauded his excellent diction in standard operatic, oratorio and recital repertoire. Reviewing David in David Amram’s Twelfth Night, Bernard Holland of the New York Times wrote “Set apart from the rest of the cast was the pleasing, seamless tenor of David Kellett in the role of Feste.” Recently devoting more time and energy to Baroque and Early Music, David has sung the role of Eumaeus in Monteverdi’s Return of Ulysses at Princeton University and concerts of Monteverdi & Cavalli opera excerpts, French Airs de Cours and vocal music of Claudio Sarcini, Barbara Strozzi and other programs with the New York Continuo Collective in New York City and at the Boston Early Music Festival in June of 2013. His forays into the music of Bach include performances of the B-minor Mass and Cantata 208 with Bach in Baltimore and he sang his first Evangelist in Johannespassion with the Concordia Chorale and Camerata. His Handel oratorio roles have included the tenor soloist in Samson, Judas Maccabaeus, Esther, Solomon and of course, Messiah. He has appeared multiple times with the Practioners of Musick and Les Agréments de Musique in the Princeton area, with the newly formed Early Music Princeton ensemble at Princeton University and on several programs sponsored by the Guild for Early Music at the Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. David appeared with Lewis Baratz’s early music ensemble, La Fiocco, in a program entitled The Lion & The Lamb: The Jewish Baroque in June of 2014. He has appeared in masterclasses with the famous Italian baritone and Baroque specialist, Furio Zanasi and with sopranos Emma Kirkby, Julianne Baird and Ellen Hargis.

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  • $20 for General Admission
  • $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary
  • $5 for School and College students with ID
  • $15 per person for Groups of 10 or more**

Tickets can be purchased online or 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. (Sorry – we don’t mail tickets. Tickets will be held at the box office and a receipt will be emailed if purchased online.)

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May 16, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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