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News Marlboro Recorder Workshop 45th Anniversary Season closes with Early Music concert, May 3

MARLBORO, VT - (April 27, 2009) - A celebratory Early Music concert will unfold before listeners on Sunday, May 3 as The Marlboro Recorder Workshop presents vocal and instrumental music from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Baroque, from England, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain.

The concert is at 7:30 pm in Marlboro College's Whittemore Theater. Both the concert and following celebratory reception with refreshments are free and open to the public. The performance is dedicated to the one hundred and sixty-two guest artists who have appeared with the Marlboro Recorder Workshop over the last four and a half decades. They will be honored by having their name posted in the theater lobby.

Edmund Brelsford (baritone, lute, recorder), who founded the Marlboro Recorder Workshop in 1964 and who is its artistic director, will lead the ensemble of Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, soprano; Susan Bull Riley, soprano, recorder, baroque flute; Richard Riley, baritone, recorder; Erica Morse, soprano, viola da gamba, violoncello;  and Wendy Redlinger, soprano, harpsichord, portative organ, psaltery. The singing will be in Medieval English, Medieval French, Elizabethan English, French, Spanish, Latin, Galician Portuguese, Italian and German.

Following a Renaissance Spanish processional, the program will move through Medieval Spain and Portugal, Medieval England and Medieval Germany. Shifting to the Renaissance will find us in Italy, back to Spain, and then on to Elizabethan England.

The second half will open with arias from Handel's "Acis and Galatea", followed by a trio sonata for baroque flute, recorder and continuo composed by Frederick the Great's flute teacher, Johann Joaquim Quantz.  Three movements from Marc-Antoine Charpentier's "Te deum" for voices and instruments will round out the program, though with a surprise at the very end.

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. Currently he is a voice student of Junko Watanabe. He is a former faculty member of the International Recorder Schools at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and Siena, Italy as well as the Brattleboro School of Music. His concert career has taken him on tour all over the world, including North, Central, and South America, as well as Asia , Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Kristen Carmichael-Bowers, voice, has an M.A. in Music with a focus on vocal pedagogy from Smith College. Active in both opera and oratorio, Kristen has performed leading roles with Vermont opera theaters. She has presented numerous programs of diverse repertoire that highlight her versatility as a recitalist, presenting works ranging from Renaissance lute songs to substantial song cycles by contemporary composers. Kristen is the founder and director of the BMC's "Get Real!" vocal camps.

Erica Morse, viola da gamba, began studying in Amherst, MA with Alice Robbins. She is a graduate of Oberlin College where she studied with Catharina Meints. While at Oberlin, she played continuo in many ensembles and performed solo repertoire regularly. She also sang with the Oberlin Collegium Musicum and participated on viola da gamba and voice in the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute in the summer of 2000.  Erica also toured with the Vermont-based ensemble, Northern Harmony, in 2002.

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.

Richard Riley returned to southern Vermont in 2006 to become Managing Director of the Brattleboro Music Center.  He had left the area in 1974 after two years at Marlboro College, where he studied recorder with Edmund Brelsford.  He subsequently received degrees in the performance of early music from the New England Conservatory and conducting from the Peabody Conservatory.  Prior to (re)settling in Marlboro he was on the music faculty at Cornell University for nine years.

Susan Riley is glad to have the chance to revisit early music through this concert. Following graduate work in baroque flute at the New England Conservatory, she played in renaissance and baroque ensembles for many years until painting usurped her energies. She and Richard live in Marlboro where she works out of her home studio producing oils and watercolors of the natural world; she also teaches a class in botanical watercolor at the River Gallery School. Music stays in her life through singing with a hospice chorus (Hallowell), and occasional flute playing with friends in the spirit of the kind of music-making of today's concert.

Sunday's performance is dedicated to the one hundred and sixty-two guest artists who have appeared with the Marlboro Recorder Workshop over the last four and a half decades. They will be honored by having their name posted in the theater lobby.

For more information, please contact the Marlboro College public relations office at (802) 251-7644 or

For more than 60 years, Marlboro College has offered undergraduate education in the liberal arts. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro College has also offered graduate degrees and certificate programs for working adults at the Marlboro College Graduate School, located in downtown Brattleboro, Vermont, since 1997.














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