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Riverview Consort: “Oh, Let Us Howl”

October 27, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey welcomes the Riverview Consort back to the 1867 Sanctuary for a special program befitting late October!

“As the days grow shorter and the weather takes a turn, we hope you’ll join us for our next program, Oh, Let Us Howl. Throughout history, humans have found ways to deal with the aspects of life that cause fear. In this program, we’ll explore music that allowed people to express their fear, cry together, and even laugh at the things that would otherwise be impossible to face. Works by John Dowland, Thomas Campion, Henry Purcell, Robert Johnson, and others, along with old English folk tunes and dance music, will tell stories of ghosts, witches, pirates, gypsies, murder, and death. Let us face our fears and howl together!”

The Riverview Consort includes:
Abbi Chapman, soprano
John Lacombe, lute, theorbo, etc.
Bill Thatcher, lute, renaissance guitar, etc.
John Burkhalter, recorder
Peter Gregory, percussion

Riverview Early Music 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.  Depending on the repertory and venue, Riverview Early Music may appear as a lute and song duo consisting of John Orluk Lacombe and Abigail Chapman or as a mixed consort with additional plucked strings, voices, recorders, percussion, and other instruments.

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.

Bill Thatcher came to the lute after years of playing guitar, banjo, and bass in a variety of solo and group acts that focused on early genres of American music, including folk, jazz, and classic rock. A product of the folk music revival with an interest in traditional American music and its roots, Bill was attracted to the early music of Europe, the sultry sounds of the lute and the rich history and culture that surrounds it. As a performer, Bill has strolled the grounds of Renaissance Faires in New York, Massachusetts, and Georgia, and has played concerts with Cambiata, Moravian College Collegium, NY Continuo Collective, and the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra. He has also played musical roles in the theatre, including Touchstone Theatre’s Make We Merry, and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival’s Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, and Shakespeare in Love. Bill is featured on three CD’s by Cambiata, and on the recent CD release of Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia’s Day by the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

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.

Wheelchair accessibleThe 1867 Sanctuary Arts and Culture Center is wheelchair-accessible through a wheelchair ramp through the gate on the left side of the building. All parking is across the street in the Ewing Presbyterian Church lots, including an inner ring across the street for disabled parking. Passengers may be dropped off at the curb directly in front of the main entrance; please use your hazard flashers when stopped there. Concert parking is recommended in the north lot (by the field closest to I-295). For your safety, please cross at the marked crosswalk and press the yellow button to activate flashers.

To Purchase Tickets

  • $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 from PayPal if purchased online.)

**GROUP RATES (10 or more people). Group rates apply only to advance online sales and must be purchased in quantities of 10 or more within a single purchase. Group rate tickets cannot be purchased at the box office prior to the concert.

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October 27, 2019
3:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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