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NOVEMBER 23 CONCERT TO FEATURE 18TH CENTURY MUSIC

MARLBORO, VT – Marlboro College is pleased to announce a concert, “Intimate Music of the Baroque,” set for Sunday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater.

This free concert will feature soprano Jane Bryden, gambist Alice Robbins, and lutanist Stanley Charkey.

The program will consist of instrumental and vocal music by Monteverdi, Bach ,

Couperin and other composers of the Baroque era of both little and great renown.

The compositions on the program are works written as chamber music, or "domestic music"-music written specifically for performance in the homes of royalty, aristocracy or the middle class.

A selection of works from the Anna Magdalena Notebook will be performed. This notebook consists of works that would have been performed and heard in the household of J.S. Bach; a kind of family favorites collection.

There will also be works by the great French composer and gambist Marin Marais and songs by Claudio Monteverdi . Works will cover a range of topics: intimate love songs, songs of praise, drinking songs, even a song in praise of tobacco!

Robbins is a member of Affetti Musicali, Boston Consort of Viols, Concerto Castello, Early Music Ensemble of Boston, and the Oberlin Consort of Viols, she performs regularly with the Handel and Haydn Society (Boston) and plays principal cello for Arcadia Players and Washington Bach Consort. Robbins has earned degrees from Indiana University and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Basel), where she was a student of Hannelore Mueller. She is currently a member of the Five College Early Music faculty at Smith College, and the Historic Performance faculty at Boston University. She has recorded for Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, EMP-Reflexe, Gasparo, Smithsonian, and Telefunken Records, as well as for many radio broadcasts.

Bryden is a highly acclaimed and distinguished advocate of chamber music who has appeared with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, the Kennedy Center Chamber Players, and Calliope. In addition, she is well known as a historically informed performer of Baroque music and collaborates with such period instrument ensembles as the Bach Ensemble, the Boston Museum Trio, Aston Magna, the Aulos Ensemble, the Santa Fe Pro Musica, and theSmithsonian Chamber Orchestra. Bryden performed the role of Angelica in Peter Sellar's production of Handel's “Orlando” and is a founding member of Boston's Emmanuel Music with whom she has given more than 100
performances of Bach cantatas in the liturgical context. Bryden has also been a soloist with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony. Other career highlights include touring Israel with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic and premiering Andrew Imbrie's Requiem with the San Francisco Symphony, conducted by Edo de Waart. In the world premieres of Ronald Perera's operas, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “S” at Smith College, she created the roles of Charlotte and Sarah. Other composers whose works she has premiered include John Harbison, Earl Kim, Martin Boykan, Donald Sur, and Donald Wheelock.

Charkey has been a prominent American lutanist for the last 25 years. He is a former member of the New York Pro Musica, and has performed extensively in the United States and Europe. He has been guest artist at numerous music festivals and can be heard on a number of recordings. He is presently a member of the faculty at Marlboro College in Vermont where he teaches,composition, theory and history.

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