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Baltimore Consort to Perform
Holiday Concert at UW-Eau Claire
MAILED: Nov. 20, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — The Baltimore Consort will present an early-music holiday concert titled "Wassail, Wassail! Music for the Yuletide Season" on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Old carols and dance tunes from the British Isles, France, Germany and Appalachia will be performed at the Artists Series program, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Schofield Auditorium.
"The Baltimore Consort is perhaps the best balancing act of period authenticity, instrumental precision and sheer fun in the early music community today," wrote the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
The virtuoso ensemble came together in 1980 to perform the music of Shakespeare's time. It specializes not only in late Renaissance and early Baroque music, but also in the popular music of the 16th through 18th centuries and traditional music rooted in earlier times.
Treading the line between folk and art music, the performers awaken the spirit of their historic predecessors with their artful improvising and arranging. Their interest in the early music of England and Scotland has led them to delve into the rich trove of traditional ballads and dance tunes presented in the Appalachian Mountains and Nova Scotia.
"A lot of Christmas music has survived because it was written down in the hearts of people, because it was cherished and passed from parents to children, carried across oceans and through barriers of language and political jurisdiction," wrote the Washington Post. "The Baltimore Consort's program was full of the spirit that makes that kind of music special."
Several of the songs on the program can be heard on "Bright Day Star: Music for the Yuletide Season" (1994), one of The Baltimore Consort's many recordings on the Dorian label. Billboard magazine recognized The Baltimore Consort as Top Classical Crossover Artist of 1993.
The Baltimore Consort has enjoyed multi-year residencies at the Walters Art Gallery and the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, where the group presented a subscription series of early music concerts for many years. Besides touring in the United States and abroad, The Baltimore Consort has become familiar to radio audiences through their syndicated broadcasts on "St. Paul Sunday," "Performance Today," CBC Radio's "On Stage" and on the BBC.
The Baltimore Consort is Mary Anne Ballard (viols, rebec), Mark Cudek (cittern, viol), Larry Lipkis (viol, recorder, gemshorn), Ronn McFarlane (lutes, bandora), Chris Norman (flutes, pennywhistle, pipes) and soprano Danielle Svonavec.
Admission is $15 for the public; $13 for those 62 and older, and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty/staff; and $5 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.
Patrons may also charge tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call (715) 836-3727 - or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.
The Artists Series is made possible by student funds allocated by the UW-Eau Claire Student Senate.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Nov. 20, 2001