Arcadia Players - New England's Period Instrument Ensemble
Arcadia Players embraces
practice to illuminate
and invigorate the
great Western heritage
of vocal and
Members: Alice Robbins, Jane Hershey, Robert Eisenstein, Douglas Kelley, Anne Legêne, Loren Ludwig
‘Arcadia Viols,’ a consort of viols, has been associated with Arcadia Players of Western Massachusetts since its founding in 2009. The ensemble has performed around New England, mostly in private venues; in 2011, the consort performed at the BEMF Fringe Festival. Its members are active performers in other ensembles as well, performing Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque music with groups such as the Folger Consort, the Carthage Consort, Washington Bach Consort and many others. As well as being active free-lancers, Arcadia Viols members are also teachers and are variously on the faculties of the Five Colleges of Western Mass, Tufts University, and the Longy School of Music.
In addition to their January 2016 Lachrimae program on Arcadia Players' concert series, with guests keyboardist Ian Watson, soprano Mary Hubbell and tenor Peter Shea, the consort will perform in the following concerts during the 2015-2016 concert season.
Pioneer Valley Early Music Day
Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Amherst Books, 8 Main St., Amherst MA
As part of Ensemble Musica Humana's Pioneer Valley Early Music Day, Arcadia Viols will present 45 minutes of adventurous music for consort of viols by Dowland, Ayton, Couperin and Purcell, and the Hexachord Fantasias by Ferrabosco.
The Art of Fugue in Color
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm
Razzo Hall, Traina Center for the Arts
Clark University, Worcester, MA
See building "42" on http://www.clarku.edu/campusmap.cfm
Frances Conover Fitch, organ and harpsichord, with Arcadia Viols and guest wind players, perform the entire last work of JS Bach scored for viols, keyboards and winds in various combinations.
Guest harpsichordist Frances Conover Fitch has performed with such ensembles as The Newberry Consort, Emmanuel Music, Aston Magna, Boston Camerata, and other Boston area ensembles and orchestras. She is especially known for her work in the area of 17th century music, a recent credit being the Centaur recording a 2 disc set of works of Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. For ten years, she was the Chair of Early Music at the Longy School of Music, and was a visiting professor at Ferris University in Yokohama, Japan in 2012-2013.
Selections from The Art of Fugue
Music in the Noon Hour
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:30 pm
Sweeney Concert Hall, Smith College, Northampton MA
Arcadia Viols (Robert Eisenstein, Jane Hershey, Douglas Kelley, Alice Robbins)
The Wonder of Will: Early and New Music Celebrating Shakespeare
Friday & Saturday, January 22-23, 2016 at 8:00 pm
Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Corpus Christi Church, 529 W 121st St., New York, NY
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Arcadia Viols joins forces with the Folger Consort and the 12-voice English choir Stile Antico to perform songs and dances from his plays, and music by his contemporaries William Byrd and John Dowland—including the Lachrimae for viols. Voices and viols unite in period anthems, and Stile Antico sings texts from Henry IV set by the famous young American composer, Nico Muhly.
Links to the presenters' websites:
Adventurous music from the 17th and 20th centuries
Sunday, April 3, 2016, 3:00 pm
Kellogg Art Center, Bard College at Simon's Rock
Great Barrington, MA
Opening Concert of the
Summit House Summer Concert Series,
Friends of the Mount Holyoke Range
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Summit House, Skinner State Park
Two seatings: 7:30-8:15 pm and 8:30-9:15 pm
(everyone enjoys the mountaintop sunset on the deck at intermission.)
Frances Conover Fitch