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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Mary Anne Ballard, treble, tenor, and bass viols and rebec; Mark Cudek, cittern, early guitars, bass viol, recorder, crumhorn, percussion; Larry Lipkis, bass viol, recorders, crumhorn, gemshorn; Ronn McFarlane, lute; Mindy Rosenfeld, wooden flutes and fifes, recorder, crumhorn, whistle, and bagpipe; with José Lemos, countertenor; and/or Danielle Svonavec, soprano
Paragraph about the ensemble:
Founded in 1980 to perform the instrumental music of Shakespeare’s time, the Baltimore Consort has explored early English, Scottish, and French popular music, focusing on the relationship between folk and art song and dance. Their interest in early music of English/Scottish heritage has also led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional music preserved in North America. Recently, they have developed a program of music from Renaissance Spain. Recordings on the Dorian label have earned them recognition as Top Classical-Crossover Artist of the Year (Billboard), as well as rave reviews elsewhere. Besides touring in the U.S. and abroad, they often perform on such syndicated radio broadcasts as St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, Harmonia and the CBC’s OnStage. They have also enjoyed many teaching residencies at K-12 schools, as well as at the Madison Early Music Festival and other university engagements.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
LECTURE/DEMONSTRATIONS: "INSTRUMENTS AND MUSIC OF THE RENAISSANCE" tailored to the following audiences --College assemblies or special subject classes (Music, History, French, Shakespeare, etc.) -- K-12 schools --Senior Citizen Residences --Rehabilitation Hospitals ----MASTER CLASSES (students play or sing for coaching by Baltimore Consort) ----RESIDENCIES:to be arranged with sponsor. Examples of activities: -- students compose, BC members play & comment --students learn madrigals, BC members double and perform jointly --students are coached in individual instruments or voice
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
ADEW DUNDEE: Early Music of Scotland; ADÍO ESPAñA: Romances, Villancicos, & Improvisations circa 1500; LA ROCQUE 'N' ROLL: Popular Music of Renaissance France; GUT, WIND, and WIRE: Instrumental Music 1500 - 1700; BRIGHT DAY STAR: Early and Traditional Carols and Dances for the Yuletide Season; ALSO available as an ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE BAND (Playford) or FRENCH RENAISSANCE DANCE BAND for period dance balls.
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