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Baltimore Consort Program to Explore Regional Music Traditions

Northwestern University School of Music will present a program of early music performed by the Baltimore Consort, an internationally renowned sextet.

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February 20, 2007 | by Judy Moore

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University School of Music will present a program of early music performed by the Baltimore Consort, an internationally renowned sextet, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Lutkin Hall, 700 University Place, on the University's Evanston campus.

The ensemble has appeared before audiences on both sides of the Atlantic with its arrangements of European early music in performances, residencies and a dozen recordings -- some of which have risen to Billboard's Top Ten list.

The sextet is known for its dedication to early music from England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, as well as exploring the regional musical traditions of English and Scottish balladry of the Appalachian Mountains and Nova Scotia. In spring 2006 the group delved into music of the Iberian Peninsula in its latest recording for the Dorian label, “Cancionero: Early Music from Spain.”

Each of the Baltimore Consort's six members is highly acclaimed for the mastery of their respective instruments. Mary Anne Ballard, faculty member at the Oberlin Baroque Institute, has played the viol for the Oberlin Consort. Violist Mark Cudek, founder and director of the Peabody Renaissance Ensemble at John Hopkins University, also has mastered the Renaissance guitar and was awarded the Thomas Binkley Award for Outstanding Collegium Director in 2001. Violist Larry Lipkis, composer-in-residence and director of Early Music at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., has produced various concertos for the cello, bass trombone and bassoon. Lutenist Ronn McFarlane has produced more than 20 recordings and composed more than 25 new pieces for the lute. Mindy Rosenfeld, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort and a member of San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, is praised for her extraordinary flute proficiency and dynamic performances.

Joining the sextet on March 2 will be two young guest vocalists -- award-winning Brazilian countertenor Jose Lemos and University of Notre Dame vocal performance professor and soprano Danielle Svonavec. 

Tickets for the Baltimore Consort concert are $21 for the general public; $19 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $11 for full-time students.

To purchase tickets, call the Pick-Staiger box office at (847) 467-4000 or visit <www.pickstaiger.com>.

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