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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December 18 2017
Dec-18-2017
Riverview Early Music* presents The Riverview Consort in a program entitled "Now Winter Nights: Carols by Candlelight," a delightful performance of Christmas favorites and forgotten gems in the magical acoustic of the 1867 Sanctuary. The Riverview Consort (Abigail Chapman, soprano, John Burkhalter, recorders, and John Lacombe, lutes, will take your breath away with hauntingly beautiful melodies from the Middle Ages and Renaissance, as well as delicate arrangements of more modern favorites. From familiar tunes like "What Child is This?" (originally the lute-song "Greensleeves") to lesser known songs like "Now Winter Nights" (originally published in 1617, but possibly your new favorite holiday song), this sublime evening in the candlelit 1867 Sanctuary is sure to be the perfect escape from seasonal hustle and bustle.  Enjoy a sample of their music at 

Monday, December 18, 2017, 8 PM at the 1867 Sanctuary, 101 Scotch Road, Ewing, NJ.  General Admission $20; $15 for Friends of the Sanctuary; $5 for  students with ID.  Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $15 per person.  Tickets can be purchased online (click here), reserved at the box office (cash, check or credit card) by calling 609-392-6409 or by emailing 1867sanctuary@preservationnj.org, or at the door (as space permits).

*Riverview Early Music is a member of the Guild for Early Music.




 
January 22 2018
Jan-22-2018
Recorder players of all levels are invited to the Highland Park Recorder Society’s monthly playing session on Monday, January 22, 2018, 7-9 P.M with esteemed guest conductor Robert Butts. Please arrive at 6:30 with your instruments and music stand to set up in the Parlor Room of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, 19 South Second Ave., Highland Park, NJ. Free parking in back of the church reached via Magnolia Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. ADA handicapped accessible. 

This session is FREE to first timers and members. Please click below on on "read more about this event" for information about the Highland Park Recorder Society, future playing sessions and on our guest conductor.
 
March 17 2018
Mar-17-2018
Join La Fiocco* for a performance of music of the Italian high and late baroque, featuring guest artist Sarah Davol, baroque oboe, with Claire Smith Bermingham & Jeremy Rhizor, baroque violins, Dan McCarthy, baroque violin & viola, Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello, Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord, & artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord.  

Featuring the Oboe Concerto in D minor of Tomaso Albinoni (Op. 9 No. 2), the Concerto in C Major (RV 87) for Recorder, Oboe, and Continuo of Antonio Vivaldi, and the Sonata for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in G minor of Petrus Brehy, a northern composer inspired by the music of Italy.  

Saturday, March 17th, 7:30 PM 
All Saints Episcopal Church 
16 All Saints Road 
(off of Terhune Rd. / Van Dyke Rd.) 
Princeton, NJ 08540

$25 general audience, $10 students, free for 12 & under.
Cash/check at the door or click here to purchase tickets online. 

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


 
March 18 2018
Mar-18-2018
Join La Fiocco* for a performance of music of the Italian high and late baroque, featuring guest artist Sarah Davol, baroque oboe, with Claire Smith Bermingham & Jeremy Rhizor, baroque violins, Dan McCarthy, baroque violin & viola, Anneke Schaul-Yoder, baroque cello, Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord, & artistic director Lewis R. Baratz, recorder & harpsichord.  

Featuring the Oboe Concerto in D minor of Tomaso Albinoni (Op. 9 No. 2), the Concerto in C Major (RV 87) for Recorder, Oboe, and Continuo of Antonio Vivaldi, and the Sonata for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in G minor of Petrus Brehy, a northern composer inspired by the music of Italy.  

Saturday, March 18th, 3:00 PM 
Trinity Episcopal Church 
6587 Upper York Road
Solebury, PA 

$25 general audience, $10 students, free for 12 & under.
Cash/check at the door or click here to purchase tickets online. 

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


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