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Riverside Consort and La Spirita Consort of Viols (POSTPONED)
March 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
After thoughtful consideration, the 1867 Sanctuary Committee is sad to announce that this concert has been postponed in response to serious public health concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. The new date will be announced as soon as possible.
Preservation New Jersey welcomes the Riverview Consort back to the 1867 Sanctuary with the La Spirita Consort of Viols for a concert of music in the English tradition for viols, voices, recorders, plucked strings, and percussion.
La Spirita Consort of Viols (laspiritaviols.org) consists of Mary Benton, Patricia Hlafter, David Moulton, and Judith Klotz. The ensemble performs Renaissance and Baroque music with voice and treble, tenor and bass viols, often with guest singers and other gambists. They specialize in the polyphony of the 17th century, including the English composers William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John Jenkins, and Henry Purcell, and the Italian Giovanni Gabrieli. The viola da gamba is a Renaissance stringed instrument that has six strings, frets and is a descendant of the vihuela de mano, a Spanish bowed guitar. All three sizes are held played upright, resting on the legs. The sound is clear and gentle and blends beautifully with voices, recorders, oboes and many other early instruments. La Spirita also performs some modern compositions based upon Renaissance, Baroque and folk traditions. Since 1995, La Spirita has been performing regularly in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania chamber concerts, including combined concerts with other GEM groups. The name La Spirita derives from a famous canzona of Gabrieli from the group’s first concert.
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, like lutes, theorbo, cittern, baroque guitar, and renaissance guitar. The Riverview Consort’s core members are soprano Abigail Chapman, percussionist Peter Gregory, and lutenists Bill Thatcher and John Lacombe who both play a variety of early plucked string, bowed string, and wind instruments. Joining them for this performance is soprano Sara Hagenbuch.