Concordia Consort returns to "Musical Chairs" concert series on Saturday, October 28, for an evening of music
from 17th- and 18th-century England, Italy and Germany.
Save your seat now for an evening of Baroque music featuring songs by Claudio Monteverdi and Girolamo Frescobaldi;
arias from operas by the "Georges" -- George Frideric Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann; a beloved aria from Antonio
Vivaldi's "Gloria"; and a quirky recorder sonata by Neapolitan composer Francesco Mancini. Also on the program, a
Telemann cantata based on the commandment to "love thy neighbor as thyself", and delightful songs from London's
Covent Garden Theatre by Thomas Arne.
Performers: Eileen Cecelia Callahan, soprano Sheila Beardslee, recorder Douglas Freundlich, lute Alice Mroszczyk, viola da gamba
Eileen Cecelia Callahan's early musical experiences as a child gave her a love for Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque repertoire. Still living in the Boston area, she has appeared with Capella Clausura, Ars and Amici, Concordia Consort, A Joyful Noyse, and Patelena Baroque Ensemble, and is the soprano section leader at Grace Episcopal Church in Newton. She is featured on Concordia Consort's CD, "Ay me, Ohime!" Ms. Callahan received her Master's degree in voice from Longy School of Music. For 11 years, she taught Music Together classes for children from 0-5 and the adults who love them in Framingham. Recordings: Concordia label.
Sheila Beardslee received her M.M. (Performance of Early Music) from New England Conservatory as a student of Nancy Joyce Roth. Ms. Beardslee has taught recorder, historical flutes, viola da gamba and historical dance at Tufts University, Wellesley College and workshops from Maine to Florida. She taught recorder for 10 years to members of The Boston Boy Choir. She is founder/music director of Recorders/Early Music MetroWest, artistic director of Concordia Consort, and a founding member of The Phillips Consort of Viols; she is a member of the women's vocal ensemble Viriditas. As director of Arts and Amici, Ms. Beardslee led her 12th performance-study tour to Italy in May 2017. She was recently elected president of the board of directors for Youth pro Musica. Honors: Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. Recordings: Northeastern, Amherst Early Music, VdGS-NE, BACS and Concordia labels.
Guest lutenist Douglas Freundlich launched his lute career in the 1970s with The Greenwood Consort, winning the Erwin Bodky Award and Musical America's "Young Artist of the Year". He has performed with the Boston Symphony, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Renaissonics and many other ensembles. He is a founding member of the Venere Lute Quartet, whose four recordings have garnered international acclaim. Doug teaches lute and early music ensembles at The Longy School of Music, recently serving as acting Early Music Chair; he is active in Longy's Teaching Artist Program. Other teaching includes Lute Society of America Seminars, Amherst Early Music, and the BEMF Outreach program. This is his second program with Concordia Consort. Doug "cross-trains" as a jazz bassist. Recordings: TelArc, Titanic, Revels, Centaur and LSA labels.
Guest viola da gambist Alice Mroszczyk (Bachelor of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music), has studied with Sarah Cunningham, Grace Feldman, and Laura Jeppesen in addition to participating in masterclasses at Aston Magna Academy; Longy School of Music; Lochem, Holland; with Jordi Savall in Montreal, and others. A former faculty member of the Brookline Music School, Ms. Mroszczyk has performed with chamber groups and viol consorts throughout the eastern U.S. She is a member of the El Dorado Ensemble, which recently performed at the Portland, Maine Early Music Festival.
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