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NewsPress Release -Marlboro Recorder Workshop Marks Close of 37th Anniversary Concert Season

MARLBORO, VT - The Marlboro Recorder Workshop will host the closing concert of its 37th anniversary season on Sunday, May 13th, at 3:00 p.m. in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater.

The Workshop will present Ensemble Cordiforme & Guest Artists, a distinguished Early Music ensemble, with a program of late baroque virtuosic concerti for recorder, baroque flute, viola da gamba, harpsichord and chamber orchestra. This will include solo and double concerti, a trio sonata, and a quartet by Vivaldi, Telemann, Quantz, Fasch, and Samartini, performed with period instrumentation at baroque pitch, in the original keys that the composers intended, and in the style of the period. The performers are Edmund Brelsford, Sarah Cantor and Jesse Lepkoff, baroque flutes and recorders; Angus Lansing, viola da gamba; Wendy Redlinger, harpsichord; Margaret Spencer and Katherine Andrews, baroque violins; Linda Hecker, baroque viola; Ethan Gray, baroque violoncello.

Edmund Brelsford, the Workshop's artistic director, studied recorder with the Dutch virtuoso Frans Bruggen and baroque flute with Hans-Martin Linde of the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland. He is a former faculty member of the International Recorder Schools at Saratoga Springs, NY and Siena, Italy as well as the Brattleboro School of Music. His concert career has taken him all over the world, including North, Central and South America as well as Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

Recorder virtuoso Sarah Cantor holds degrees in early music from the University of Indiana Early Music Institute and The Royal Conservatory of the Hague in the Netherlands. Her many appearances as recorder soloist include concerts with the Berkshire Bach Ensemble and she has given solo recitals for the Boston Recorder Society, The King's Chapel Recital Series, the Almity School in Arezzo, Italy and the National Theater of Limon, Costa Rica. She is a founding member of The Hague Baroque Ensemble which has toured New England and performed on public radio and also teaches for the Boston Recorder Society, the Brookline Music School and the Putney Summer Arts Workshop.

Jesse Lepkoff holds a degree in early music performance from New England Conservatory, Boston. He received his graduate education at the Royal Conservatory in Holland with flutist Wilbert Hazelzet. His many performances include appearances with the Smithsonian Chambers Players, under the direction of Christopher Hogwood. He is a current member of Arcadia Players. He performs and records regularly with The Boston Camerata, has toured with them in the US, Europe and the Far East, and has recorded for American and European radios, as well as for the Erato, Fleur de Son, and Nonesuch labels.

Angus Lansing, originally a rock musician, has studied viola da gamba with Grace Feldman, Catherina Meints (at Oberlin) and Lawrence Dreyfus. In keeping with his eclectical musical background, he is particularly interested in exploring music suitable for the gamba beyond the standard repertoire for the instrument.

Wendy Redlinger attended Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Colorado from which she holds a degree in Music Performance. More recently she has studied harpsichord with Blanche Winogron Beck. As a member of Ensemble Cordiforme and the Brelsford/Redlinger Early Music Duo, she has toured world-wide, giving concerts in such disparate capitals as Prague, Beijing, Quito, Riyahd, Vientiane, Tegucigalpa and Ulan Bator.

Margaret Spencer is concert mistress of the New England Bach Festival, a member of Arcadia Players (baroque orchestra), teaches at Brattleboro Music Center's School of Music, and is an active freelancer in the area.

Kathy Andrew performs regularly with the Springfield (MA) Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Opera North (Concertmaster), the New England Bach Festival, the Arcadia Players, and numerous other performing ensembles throughout New England. Currently she teaches at the Putney School and the Brattleboro music Center.

Linda Hecker studied violin with Ruth Ricci, Eric Rosenblith, and Dorothy Bayles. She is a member of the Windham Community Orchestra, the Keene Community Orchestra, and the Arcadia Players (baroque orchestra), and plays violin and viola with local orchestras and ensembles as well as choral groups and opera companies.

Ethan Gray has studied cello with Judith Serkin and David Wells. He has also been a featured soloist with the Windham Orchestra under the baton ofZon Eastes. As an avid supporter of period performance practice, he has studied Baroque cello with Catherina Meints, Kenneth Slowick, and Anner Bylsma at the Oberlin Conservatory Baroque Institute.

There will be a reception with refreshments in the lobby of the theater following the performance. The concert and reception are free and open to the public and the Whittemore Theater is fully accessible. For further information about this or other Marlboro College events, please call (802)257-4333 or visit

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