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.

Patricia Hlafter
Phone: (609) 924-7358

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October 06 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today 2-4 PM (part 2 of 3 broadcasts).  The final broadcast is Friday, Oct 9 from 2-3 PM.
October 09 2015
Tune in to the Classical Network (WWFM) and WWFM.ORG to hear the final broadcast of excerpts from the Guild for Early Music's 2014 Festival, today from 2-3 PM.
October 18 2015
At the Grounds For Sculpture
11th Annual Guild for Early Music festival, in partnership with the Grounds For Sculpture and WWFM, The Classical Network.  With admission to the Grounds, enjoy an entire afternoon with more than a dozen groups performing music of the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and Baroque eras.  From 12:30 to 5:00 PM.  For directions and information, visit
October 24 2015

La Fiocco** presents:  Shakespeare's London in Music & Song.  Join us for this extravaganza of rarely-performed music from the Age of Shakespeare.  Artistic Director Lewis R. Baratz has assembled an all-star cast of period instrument musicians who will be featured in the "Broken Consort" Lessons of Thomas Morley, a composer associated with Shakespeare and Elizabeth I.  Young artists Nicole Renna (Temple University) and Samuel Cox (Princeton University) will perform songs from the plays.  Rare instruments such as the cittern, bandora, and renaissance guitar will be featured as well.

Saturday, October 24, 7:30 PM at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ.  $25 general admission, $10 students, children 12 & young free, when accompanied by an adult.  For more information visit

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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