Arcadia Players - New England's Period Instrument Ensemble
Arcadia Players embraces
practice to illuminate
and invigorate the
great Western heritage
of vocal and
will present a Benefit Concert for
Arcadia Players' 30th Anniversary Season
"Upon a Summer's Day"
featuring songs of the summer.
Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3 PM
South Congregational Church, Amherst
on the South Amherst Common
$35 suggested donation
Cantabile members Jim Mead, Kayla Werlin, Peter Shea,
Justina Golden, Mary Hubbell
Cantabile will be joined by special guest Nina Wurgaft, alto
From the spirited musical repertory evoking the pleasures of summer Cantabile’s selections include the 13th-century “Sumer is icumen in,” madrigals of William Byrd and Thomas Weelkes, music of Elgar, and other pieces old and new. The singers, most well-known to Arcadia Players concertgoers, are sopranos Mary Hubbell and Kayla Werlin, mezzo-soprano Justina Golden, tenor Jim Mead and baritone Peter Shea. Alto Nina Wurgaft joins the ensemble for several pieces on varied themes, among them Shakespeare settings by Amy Beach and Caroline Mallonée’s rendering of archetypal Google searches.
Cantabile has given many concerts as an octet, quintet or sextet since their founding in 2001. Kayla Werlin, Peter Shea and Jim Mead are longtime members; Justina Golden joined them in 2015 and Mary Hubbell in 2018. Their focus has been the musical treasury of the European Renaissance, though for some programs they have ranged far. The ensemble has performed under the auspices of Arcadia Players, Mohawk Trail Concerts, Music at First, and other concert series in the New England/New York region.
Arcadia Players' 2019-2020 concert season is made possible through the support of you, our patrons and donors,
our hosts Mount Holyoke College, Wesley United Methodist Church, and Our Lady of the Valley Parish,
our media sponsor New England Public Radio, WFCR and all-news WNNZ,
and in 2019 by the Cultural Councils of Amherst, South Hadley, and Hadley,
and local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Acadia Players is Ensemble-in-Residence at the Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies.