Kansas University's Instrumental Collegium Musicum will present "Fantasias for February" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Murphy Hall's Swarthout Recital Hall.
The concert will include English music from the 16th and 17th centuries, an especially rich period for the composition of instrumental chamber music, according to Paul Laird, KU associate professor of music history and director of the Collegium.
Composers such as Orlando Gibbons, Thomas Lup, John Ward and Peter Philips drew upon the rich contrapuntal technique of the Renaissance and wrote music for two to six instruments in which no single part is dominant, Laird said.
"All musical lines in the piece must be played melodically, each adding to the total effect and texture," he said. "In a fantasia, a composer introduces a musical motive in one instrument and that motive then appears in turn in each instrument's part. A fantasia includes several such motives, which are then combined inventively throughout the piece.
"In this concert, fantasias for between three and six different parts will be interspersed with light dances and songs, like a meal that alternates between heavier and lighter courses."
Members of the group are Zechariah Goh, Thomas Heilke, Ann Stowe, Ali Tonn and Robyn Whitehouse, recorders; Jennifer Barron, Carol Mitchell and Laird, viols; Darcy Prilliman, harpsichord; Julia McLaren, soprano; and Ken Anderson, lute.
The concert is free and open to the public.