La Spirita viol (viola da gamba) quintet consists of Mary Benton, Patricia Hlafter, Kathleen Spencer, 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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March 29 2015
Mar-29-2015
The Friends of the Princeton University Library announce "Les Plaisirs de Versailles: Music for the Court of Louis XIV" will be performed by Les Agréments de musique** (Minju Lee, harpsichord, and John Burkhalter, recorders), in the Firestone Library, Main Gallery for Rare Books and Special Collections. In celebration of the exhibition "Versailles on Paper," this FREE concert will feature works by Lully, Charpentier, Campra, Hotteterre, Marais and both Louis and Francois Couperin. For additional information visit: www.graphicarts@princeton.edu.

March 29, 2015, 3PM.

**Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 12 2015
Apr-12-2015
Sunday, April 12th, 2015 4PM St. Andrews Episcopal Church presents Les Agréments de musique.**  Minju Lee, harpsichord and John Burkhalter, recorders.

 The program will focus on composers associated with the court of Louis XIV features works by Lully, Campra, Dieupart, and others. Suggested Donation $20 per person.

St Andrews Episcopal Church is located at the corner of York and Main Streets in Lambertville, NJ.  For further information visit standrewslambertville.org or  609-397-2425.

** Les Agréments de musique is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 19 2015
Apr-19-2015
La Bernadinia**, Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba; and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord will be joined by organist Chad Fothergill to perform works from popular collections such as The Division Flute, The Division Viol, The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, Byrd's Parthenia in-Violata, Hume's First Part of Ayres, and Locke's Little Consort.

Enjoy a spring afternoon with delightful early English chamber music in the lovely acoustics of University Lutheran Church.  Sunday, April 19, 2015, 3PM.

University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
3637 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Free will offering

**La Bernadinia is a member of the Guild of Early Music.
 
April 25 2015
Apr-25-2015
Le Triomphe de l’amour** will be your guide on a musical tour of London, with stops at Covent Garden, the pleasure gardens of Vauxhall and Ranelagh, and the celebrated Concert Rooms.

Music by Handel, Abel, Stanley, J.C. Bach, and more.

Laura Heimes, soprano
John Burkhalter, recorders
Donna Fournier, viola da gamba
Janet Palumbo, harpsichord.

The concert will be illustrated with projected pictures and contemporary readings. Tickets are available at the door. Saturday, April 25, 2015, 8:00PM

Unitarian Church of Princeton 50 Cherry Hill Rd. Princeton, NJ www.triomphebaroque.org


**Le Triomphe de l’amour is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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