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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May 31 2015
May-31-2015
The Highland Park Recorder Society** and the highly esteemed chorus, Makhelat Hamercaz, the Jewish Choir of Central New Jersey, presents a diverse program, From Baroque to Baruch, at their annual spring concert. Temple Emanu-El, 100 James Street, Edison, NJ. General, Sunday, May 31, 2015 at 3 PM.

Admission $20 if purchased in advance, $25 at the door. Call Makhelat Hamercaz ,732-352-1252, 732-688-4146, or D. Messer, 732-828-7421. The program features Baroque-era Sephardic music sung in early colonial America, and music of Baroque composers including Salamone Rossi, Cristiano Lidarti, and William Byrd, accompanied by the Highland Park Recorder Society.  Click here to download our ticket order form. 

**The Highland Park Recorder Society is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
June 06 2015
Jun-06-2015
La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble presents celebrated soprano Laura Heimes in a program of dazzling arias by George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Barbara Strozzi, and Thomas Augustine Arne, with instrumental works by Biagio Marini, Tarquinio Merula, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director, recorder, harpsichord
Claire Smith Bermingham, Daniel McCarthy, & Linda Kistler, baroque violins
Daniel McCarthy, baroque viola
Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello
Laudon Schuett, lute & theorbo
Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord

St. Paul's Catholic Church
214 Nassau Street, Princeton, NJ

7:30 PM

This concert will be repeated on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church,
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA

Tickets:  $25 general admission, $10 students
Check or cash at the door, or on-line at lafiocco.org

**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
June 07 2015
Jun-07-2015
La Fiocco** period instrument ensemble presents celebrated soprano Laura Heimes in a program of dazzling arias by George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell, Barbara Strozzi, and Thomas Augustine Arne, with instrumental works by Biagio Marini, Tarquinio Merula, Giovanni Legrenzi, and Alessandro Scarlatti.

Laura Heimes, soprano
Lewis R. Baratz, artistic director, recorder, harpsichord
Claire Smith Bermingham, Daniel McCarthy, & Linda Kistler, baroque violins
Daniel McCarthy, baroque viola
Vivian Barton Dozor, baroque cello
Laudon Schuett, lute & theorbo
Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord

Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 3 PM
Trinity Episcopal Church,
6587 Upper York Road, Solebury, PA



Tickets:  $25 general admission, $10 students
Check or cash at the door, or on-line at lafiocco.org

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

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