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.

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Contact:
Patricia Hlafter
pshlafter@yahoo.com
Phone: (609) 924-7358 
www.laspiritaviols.org

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April 29 2016
Apr-29-2016
On Friday, April 29, 7PM, the Princeton Public Library presents "Tuneful Felicity," a program of music from early Federal period America performed by The Practitioners of Musick**, John Burkhalter, recorder and harpsichordist Donovan Klotzbeacher.  The Practitioners of Musick will be joined by soprano Sarah Pelletier and six girls from the Princeton High School Choir. This entertainment includes the "sonata" sung to George Washington on the occasion of his April 21st, 1789 re-entry into Trenton on his way to Federal Hall in New York City to be inaugurated as the first President of the United States.

The Princeton Public Library, corner of Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place.  Free admission.  For further information, please visit 

**The Practitioners of Musick is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
May 07 2016
May-07-2016
La Fiocco** will be performing opening the acclaimed Raritan River Music concert series on Saturday, May 7, 2016, 7:30PM at the historical Prallsville Mills, 22 Risler Street, Stockton, New Jersey.  

The program is entitled Colonists and Rebels:  Music of New Jersey and Pennsylvania from Colonial and Federal America.   Advance tickets $21; $14 for students and seniors.  Tickets at the door, if available $25; $15 for students and seniors.  Discount subscriptions are available. 

For more information and reservations call 908.213.1100 or  Email info@RaritanRiverMusic.org


Rochelle Reed, soprano
Dan McCarthy, baroque violin
Loren Ludwig, viola da gamba & Yankee bass viol
Daniel Boring, lute, theorbo, & baroque guitar
Benjamin T. Berman, harpsichord
Patrick Boyle, percussion (a La Fiocco young artist)
Lewis R. Baratz, recorder square piano, mountain dulcimer

 
**La Fiocco is a member of the Guild for Early Music
 
May 07 2016
May-07-2016
Le Triomphe de l'amour**  presents a concert of music for two harpsichords at the Unitarian Church of Princeton, 50 Cherry Hill Road, in Princeton, New Jersey, Saturday, May 7, 8PM.  Harpsichordists Janet Palumbo and Minju Lee will perform harpsichord duets by Mozart, Charles Burney, and Gaspard Le Roux.  Solo harpsichord music by J.S. Bach, Handel, and Froberger will also be included on the program and John Burkhalter, recorder, will join the duo to perform music by Vivaldi and Telemann. 

Tickets at the door, $20.  For more information, visit:  triomphebaroque.org.  

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

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Meadows Foundation Colonial Day 2006 Kortholts Harpsichordist Janet Palumbo
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