Zorzal (Spanish for wood thrush) is a vocal and instrumental ensemble dedicated to the performance of Spanish, Sephardic, and Latin American music from the 12th century to the present. We focus on works that reflect how musical elements from Spain are influenced by and influence other musical cultures, including those from African, Native American, Sephardic, Arabic and other European sources. We ourselves are a crossroads, bringing together a variety of musical backgrounds, education, and experience. Some of us are educators; several of us have extensive experience performing folk music, both American and Latin American. Our interpretations are based on ethnomusicological and musicological research, as well as on knowledge of classical and jazz composition. Our performance practice is at a crossroads between folk vernaculars and classical training, and our mission is at the crossroads of education and pure performance.

Zorzal features a vocal quintet, recorders, guitar, harpsichord, violoncello, and Latin American, Arab, and African percussion. We perform in a variety of Spanish dialects as well as in Ladino (Sephardic Jewish), Quechua (Incan), and Náhuatl (Aztec). The group was founded in 2001 in south-central Pennsylvania under the sponsorship of the Pommerian Early Music Guild (www.pommerianearlymusicguild.org/. The group is now based in central New Jersey. Current members include Lynn Gumert (Artistic Director, Soprano, Recorders), Carlos Fernandez (Guitar, Tenor, Percussion), Kate Chen (Soprano), Doug Helvering (Bass, Percussion), Megan Helvering (Alto), Momo Kusaka (Recorders), Minju Lee (Harpsichord), Bob Ramos (Percussion), and Janet Walker (Violoncello).


Contact:
Zorzal Music Ensemble
www.zorzal.org
zorzal@verizon.net
609-490-0196

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October 08 2016
Oct-08-2016
Dryden Ensemble's Autumn Benefit: Festa d'Autunno.

Saturday, October 8, 2016 A special event hosted by Judith Scheide featuring soprano Julianne Baird.  
An Italian feast and silent auction will follow the concert. Reservations required. 609-466-8541 or contact drydenensemble@gmail.com.
 
October 29 2016
Oct-29-2016
GOLDEN AGE OF THE COUNTERTENOR – Our 2016-2017 Season Opener.

La Fiocco opens its new season with international opera star Ray Chenez, countertenor, a First Prize winner of the 2014 George London Award, and emerging artist countertenor Daniel Moody, a Tanglewood Festival young artist. With La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble. 

Virtuosic arias and duos music by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, & Vinci.  Instrumental overtures by Purcell & Handel, and Giuseppe Sammartini's Concerto for soprano recorder, strings, and continuo in F Major. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:30PM -  United Methodist Church 7 Vandeventer Ave., Princeton, NJ

$25 general audience, $10 students, free to 12 & younger with an adult. 
At the door (cash/check) or click here to purchase tickets online.   For more information, visit lafiocco.org
This concert will also be presented on October 30th at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, Solebury, PA.

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
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October 30 2016
Oct-30-2016
GOLDEN AGE OF THE COUNTERTENOR – Our 2016-2017 Season Opener.

La Fiocco opens its new season with international opera star Ray Chenez, countertenor, a First Prize winner of the 2014 George London Award, and emerging artist countertenor Daniel Moody, a Tanglewood Festival young artist. With La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble. 

Virtuosic arias and duos music by Purcell, Handel, Vivaldi, & Vinci.  Instrumental overtures by Purcell & Handel, and Giuseppe Sammartini's Concerto for soprano recorder, strings, and continuo in F Major. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016, 3 PM -  Trinity Episcopal Church 6587 Upper York Rd, Solebury, PA

$25 general audience, $10 students, free to 12 & younger with an adult. 
At the door (cash/check) or click here to purchase tickets online.   For more information, visit lafiocco.org

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
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November 05 2016
Nov-05-2016
Dryden Ensemble** season opener:  From Corelli to Bach. Make It A Double! 
Glorious concertos by masters of the form: Corelli, Vivaldi, Muffat, Handel, and Bach, including the Bach Double for two violins and Vivaldi's doubles for pairs of oboes and cellos.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 7:30 PM. 
Miller Chapel, Princeton Theological Seminary, 64 Mercer St., Princeton, NJ
This concert will be also be presented on Sunday, November 6, 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

Tickets available online, by mail or at the door General admission - $25; students-free with ID;  

For more information, visit:  drydenensemble.org or call 609-466-8541 

**Dryden Ensemble is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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