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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April 25 2014
Apr-25-2014
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Lambertville, NJ, presents recorder player Lewis R. Baratz & harpsichordist Sean Price in a program of music written between 1680 and 1730 for recorder and harpsichord.  Works by Van Eyck, Loeillet, Handel, Telemann, and Bach.  Suggested donation $20 to benefit the St. Andrew's Church music program. Friday, April 25, and 8 PM. St. Andrew's Church, 50 York Street, Lambertville, NJ.  For more information contact 609-397-2425 or visit standrewslambertville.org.

Flauto Dolce Duo is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 27 2014
Apr-27-2014
"German Giants," works by Bach, Handel, Telemann and others.  La Bernadinia:  Rainer Beckmann, recorder; Donna Fournier, viola da gamba;  and Marcia Kravis, harpsichord

Sunday, April 27th, 3:00 PM
University Lutheran Church
3637 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Free will Offering

For more information, visit http://www.bernardinia.org/2013-14

**La Bernadinia is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
April 28 2014
Apr-28-2014
Princeton Pro Musica** Presents: A Symposium on Handel’s Israel in Egypt
Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ.  Free and open to the public.

Princeton Pro Musica will hold a symposium panel discussion prior to its May concert of great music by G.F. Handel, featuring the oratorio Israel In Egypt. The free symposium will be held at the Princeton Public Library, Princeton, on Monday, April 28 at 7:00pm. No tickets are required.

Moderated by Dr. Ryan Brandau, Dr. Wendy Heller, Professor of Music at Princeton University, Dr. Andrew Megill, conductor of Fuma Sacra and the Montreal Symphony Chorus and a professor at Westminster Choir College, and Dr. Joyce Irwin, a scholar of religion and music and singer and former professor at Colgate University, will consider the work's exciting music, unusual libretto, and unique design in order to understand its special place in the history of Handel’s oratorios.

**Princeton Pro Musica is a member of the Guild for Early Music.
 
May 01 2014
May-01-2014
MidAtlantic Opera and Seton Hall University present: DIDO & AENEAS. Featuring Janara Kellerman as Dido, Charles Schneider as Aeneas, and Liz Grohowski in the role of Sorceress. Maestro Jason Tramm, Conductor. With orchestra, chorus, and harpsichord.

Thursday, May 1, 8PM
Friday, May 2, 8PM
Saturday, May 2, 8PM
Sunday, May 4, 2PM

South Orange Performing Arts Center, 1 SOPAC way, South Orange, NJ 07079, (973) 313-2787 Ticket Information

General Public .......... $25
Senior Citizens ......... $15
Students with ID ...... $8
SHU Students w/ID ..    Free

Order online: http://sopacnow.org/ or by phone: 973-313-ARTS (2787)

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