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Riverview Consort: “To Heal a Broken Heart”

November 28, 2018 @ 8:00 pm

Preservation New Jersey invites you to join the Riverview Consort in a program that explores one of the most basic of human themes, a broken heart. Whether it be from loss, misfortune, or unrequited love, everyone understands heartache and music has a unique ability to express heartache while offering relief from it. Experience tragic tales from the folk tradition as well as more intricate lute song repertory that will break your heart and at the same time, comfort you with their beauty.

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 Abigail Chapman, soprano, Joshua Hartman, tenor, John Lacombe, lutes,  and William Thatcher, lutes

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 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.

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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November 28, 2018
8:00 pm
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1867 Sanctuary at Ewing
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