La Spirita viol (viola da gamba) quintet consists of Mary Benton, Patricia Hlafter, David Moulton, Lynn Ferguson, and Judith Klotz.. The ensemble performs Renaissance and Baroque music with voice and treble, tenor and bass viols, often with guest singers and other gambists. They specialize in the polyphony of the 17th century, including the English composers William Byrd, Orlando Gibbons, John Jenkins, and Henry Purcell, and the Italian Giovanni Gabrieli.

The viola da gamba is a Renaissance stringed instrument that has six strings, frets and is a descendant of the vihuela de mano, a Spanish bowed guitar. All three sizes are held played upright, resting on the legs. The sound is clear and gentle and blends beautifully with voices, recorders, oboes and many other early instruments.

La Spirita also perform some modern compositions based upon Renaissance, Baroque and folk traditions.

Since 1995, La Spirita has been performing regularly in central New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania chamber concerts, including combined concerts with other GEM groups. The name La Spirita derives from a famous canzona of Gabrieli from the group's first concert.

Click here to visit La Spirita's new website, designed by La Spirita and Guild for Early Music member Lynn Fergusson.



Contact:
Patricia Hlafter
pshlafter@yahoo.com
Phone: (609) 924-7358 
www.laspiritaviols.org

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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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