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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October 31 2014
Oct-31-2014
Friday, October 31, 2014, 8PM: De Profundis: In the Shadow of Death.  Funeral music by German baroque composer Johann Rosenmüller (1619-1684)

“Life itself is but the shadow of death, and souls departed but the shadows of the living.” - Sir Thomas Browne

Trinity Church, Princeton 33 Mercer Street Princeton, NJ 08540

Johann Rosenmüller has come to the forefront of attention in recent years as a composer of remarkable musical depth and talent. His ability to create both intense vocal drama is equaled by his expressive string writing. In his larger monumental settings of psalms he combines the spatial sensitivity of Monteverdi with the virtuosic string ensemble music of the second half of the 17th century, foreshadowing the sacred music of Bach. His smaller cantatas are gems of text painting and expressive string writing. In the 21st century, audiences are finally beginning to discover the mid-baroque repertoire and the masterpieces of this exceptionally superb composer.

**ARTEK is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
November 01 2014
Nov-01-2014
Le Triomphe de l’amour** will present a concert of music for two harpsichords on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 8 PM

Princeton harpsichordists Minju Lee and Janet Palumbo will perform W. F. Bach’s Concerto for Two Harpsichords and Gaspard Le Roux’s Suite in F for Two Harpsichords.

John Burkhalter will join the duo to play recorder in Telemann’s Trio for Recorder and Two Harpsichords. Ms. Lee will also perform Duphly’s “La Pothoüin” and Ms. Palumbo will play a selection of pieces from J. S. Bach’s Three-Part Inventions.

Unitarian Church of Princeton. Tickets for may be purchased at the door for $20 general admission and $5 for students. For information, visit the ensemble’s website at www.triomphebaroque.org or call (609) 252-0522.


Le Triomphe de l’amour is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
 
November 09 2014
Nov-09-2014
Bethlehem Baroque** presents: Viva La Baroque.  Bethlehem Baroque takes a musical journey to the palaces and chateaus of 18th-century France with elegant, passionate music of Couperin, Rameau, Saint-Colombe, and Guillemain.  Guest Donna Fournier joins David Moulton in a hauntingly beautiful duet for two viols.   Perfect music for the warm inviting space of Bethlehem's Wesley Church. 

Sunday November 9, 2014 3 PM
Wesley Church
2540 Center
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Plenty of free parking!
Free will donation at door.  Suggested donation $15 

For more information: 484-201-6846 or email:davidmcello@yahoo.com

Bethlehem Baroque is: Linda Kistler, baroque violin; Christine Moulton, baroque flute; David Moulton, viola da gamba; and Lewis R. Baratz, harpsichord, with special guest Donna Fournier, viola da gamba



**Bethlehem Baroque is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
November 15 2014
Nov-15-2014
La Spirita Viola da Gamba** consort performs "Come Away" A journey to Renaissance Europe and Beyond for 5 viols and for voice and viols. Music by Byrd, Holborne, Marenzio, Monteverdi, Bach, Pachelbel, and others.

Saturday, November 15th 2:00PM.  Free of charge.
Lawrenceville Library: Brunswick Avenue and Darrah Lane

For more info, visit www.laspiritaviols.org or contact: Lawrence Programs 609-989-6920 lawprogs@mcl.org. Reservations suggested but not necessary More info: Judith.klotz@comcast.net 609 393 3762.

La Spirita is a member of the Guild for Early Music.

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