Archive for Sunday, September 30, 2007

Spencer Consort to perform Oct. 7

September 30, 2007

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The Spencer Consort, a group that performs on period instruments, will present its fall concert, "Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) and the Baroque: A Tercentenary Consideration," at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 7 in the Central Court of the Spencer Museum of Art.

Buxtehude, an organist in Lübeck who died 300 years ago, was one of the most important German composers of the Baroque era. He was a major influence on Johann Sebastian Bach, and too often today is thought of only in that capacity. At a young age, Bach traveled to Lübeck to meet Buxtehude and hear him play, knowing that the works of the older musician were crucial models for someone of his generation. Buxtehude will be represented on this concert by a cantata based on the text of Psalm 100 and a strophic aria also written for Lutheran worship, both sung by Sharon Campbell, a doctoral student in voice at Kansas University. The Spencer Consort also will perform a sonata by Buxtehude, in addition to a sonata by Pietro Antonio Locatelli (1695-1764) and a set of dances by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755). Instrumentalists in the ensemble include Baroque flutists and recorder players John Boulton and Joy Laird, Baroque cellist Paul Laird, and harpsichordist Elizabeth Egbert Berghout.

The concert is free. For more information, call 864-9716.

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