Arcadia Players - New England's Period Instrument Ensemble
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great Western heritage
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RESTLESS HEXACHORDSArcadia Viols presents a thought-provoking tour of English, German and contemporary American music for viol consort and lute. The program opens with selections from John Dowland’s Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares, followed by the solo lute version of the first piece of the collection, the famous Flow my teares. The ensemble offers a wonderful fantasy on the Lachrimae composed for Arcadia Viols by Will Ayton. English pieces based on the hexachord lead to the world premiere of Larry Wallach’s Restless Hexachords for five viols. German music concludes the tour with a suite of dances, Froberger’s fantasia on the hexachord, and the appealing Canzona Bergamasca by Samuel Scheidt.
-Society for Historically Informed Performance, 8 pm on July 5, 6, and 7
-Concerts at 7 in Plainfield, MA, 7 pm, August 1, Current Season
Robert Eisenstein, bass viol; Jane Hershey, tenor & treble viols; Douglas Kelley, bass viol; Anne Legêne, tenor viol; Alice Robbins, alto & treble viols; Hideki Yamaya, lute & theorbo
About Arcadia Viols
Members: Alice Robbins, Jane Hershey, Robert Eisenstein, Douglas Kelley, Anne Legêne
Arcadia Viols, a consort of viols, or ensemble of violas da gamba, has been associated with Arcadia Players of Western Massachusetts since its founding in 2009. The ensemble has performed in many venues in the North East and beyond, including Stratford Music in Ontario. In 2011 and 2015, the consort performed at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Festival. Recent performances include J.S. Bach’s “The Art of the Fugue” at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and at Tufts University; “Lachrimae” in Hadley, MA, and
“The Wonder of Will” with Stile Antico and the Folger Consort at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and in the series “Music before 1800” at Corpus Christi Church in New York City. This past season, the ensemble performed its program of adventurous music from the 17th and 21st centuries, “Viols on the Edge” at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Mount Holyoke Summit House Concerts and Tufts University. Arcadia Viols joined the Crescendo chorus of Limerock, CT in performances of a program of “Elizabethan Music and the Sounds of Hamlet.”
Arcadia Viols offers programs of music for 4 or 5 viols. The versatile consort often performs with voice(s), keyboard instruments or lute, and welcomes collaborations with choruses in concert and church settings. Arcadia Viols is equally at home with music from the 20th and 21st centuries as with the vast repertoire of Renaissance and Baroque music available to viols.