MAILED: Oct. 3, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has announced that the Orlando Consort will appear in place of the Kuijken Trio on the University Artists Series.
The British early music ensemble's program, titled "The English Countenance," is scheduled for the same date, place and time as the Kuijken Trio's concert - Thursday, Nov. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in Gantner Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center.
The Kuijken Trio's agency has informed UW-Eau Claire that the ensemble has canceled its Midwest tour.
Formed in 1988, the Orlando Consort has quickly achieved a reputation as one of the most expert and consistently challenging groups performing sacred and secular choral music from the years 1050 to 1500. The group made its North American debut with two concerts headlining the 1997 Boston Music Festival, and will tour throughout the United States in November.
Regularly heard on BBC Radio 3, the Orlando Consort has recorded five albums - one of which won the coveted Gramophone Magazine Award for Best Early Music Recording of 1996.
"The four male voices of the Orlando Consort dispense with the modern notion of 'blend,'" wrote Boston Globe music critic Richard Dyer, who praised their "uncommon precision of intonation... The voices are compatible in weight, volume and handling characteristics, but quite distinct in timbre; this makes the polyphony uncommonly clear."
Tickets for the Kuijken Trio concert will be honored at the Orlando Consort performance; ticket prices are the same. Admission is $15 for the general public; $13 for those age 62 and over, and UW-Eau Claire faculty/staff; or $5 for those age 17 and under, and UW-Eau Claire students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727, and will be sold at the door.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 3, 1997