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Blue Heron and the viol consort Parthenia in Songs for a Parisian Spring

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
Collaboration with the viol consort Parthenia, presented by Five Boroughs Music Festival
Songs for a Parisian Spring: Spring training is over and New York and Boston are gearing up to make beautiful music together. Boston's Blue Heron and New York's Parthenia will present a program of songs for spring from 16th-century France and nearby, featuring music by Claude Le Jeune, André Pevernage, Eustache Du Caurroy, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and others. This closing concert of Blue Heron's 14th season presents an exciting collaboration between Blue Heron and the viol consort Parthenia from New York City. The two ensembles first worked together with the wind band Piffaro in a pair of concerts in Philadelphia in 2010 and have been planning a second adventure since then. For this occasion, the four players of Parthenia will be joined by Boston's Emily Walhout (viol) and New York's Hank Heijink (lute), as well as Scott Metcalfe on violin; Blue Heron will field a team of seven singers.
Date:               Sunday, May 5, 2013
Time:              4 pm
Location:        The Church of St. Luke in the Fields
                       487 Hudson St.
                       New York, NY
Tickets:           $40 - premium seating
                       $25 - general admission
                       $10 - student or fixed income; Under 18 free
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                       Phone: (646) 504-0545
Blue Heron: Scott Metcalfe, director and violin
Michael Barrett, Paul Guttry, Owen McIntosh, Jason McStoots, Martin Near, Sumner Thompson, Shari Wilson, voices
Parthenia: Beverly Au, Laurence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley, Lisa Terry, viols
with guests Emily Walhout, viol  and Hank Heijink, lute
The vocal ensemble Blue Heron, directed by Scott Metcalfe, has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as "one of the Boston music community's indispensables" and hailed by Alex Ross in The New Yorker for the "expressive intensity" of its interpretations; the Boston Musical Intelligencer calls Blue Heron "a fantastic model for the fully-realized potential of early music performance in the 21st century." Combining a commitment to vivid live performance with the study of original source materials and historical performance practices, Blue Heron ranges over a wide and fascinating repertoire.
Blue Heron's first CD, featuring music by Guillaume Du Fay, was released in 2007; its second, of music from the Peterhouse partbooks by Hugh Aston, Robert Jones, and John Mason, followed in 2010. Both discs have received international critical acclaim and the Peterhouse CD made the Billboard charts. The second volume of Blue Heron's 5-CD series Music from the Peterhouse Partbooks, featuring music of Nicholas Ludford and Richard Pygott, was released in April 2012. The third in the series is due this Fall.
Founded in 1999, Blue Heron presents subscription series in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and in New York City. The ensemble has appeared at the Boston Early Music Festival, New York's 92nd Street Y, The Cloisters, and Music Before 1800, Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh Renaissance and Baroque Society, and Monadnock Music in New Hampshire, and with the wind band Piffaro and the viol consort Parthenia in Philadelphia. Blue Heron made its West Coast debut at Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California, and returned to California in 2012 for a debut at the Berkeley Early Music Festival.
Parthenia, hailed by The New Yorker as "one of the brightest lights in New York's early-music scene," is a quartet of viols dedicated to the performance of ancient and contemporary repertoires. Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own concert series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world's foremost early music artists and ensembles. It has has been featured on radio and television as well as festivals and series including Music Before 1800, Columbia University's Miller Theatre and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The viol, or viola da gamba, is a family of stringed instruments celebrated in European music from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment. The viol was first known as the "bowed guitar" (vihuela da arco), a joint descendent of the medieval fiddle and the 15th-century Spanish guitar. Unlike its cousin, the arm-supported violin (viola da braccio), the viol is held upright on the leg (gamba) or between the legs; its bow is gripped underhand; and its body is made of bent or molded wood.
"Passionate expression and dramatic attention to text...nuanced dynamic shadings and emotive conviction"  Vivien Schweitzer, The New York Times | June, 2012
"Sumptuously beautiful...sung with bravura and grace" Joshua Kosman, The San Francisco Chronicle | June, 2012
"a revelation - fresh, dynamic and vibrant...urgent and wondrous music-making of the highest order" Damian Fowler, Gramophone | November, 2012
"There was an appealing musicality in the way Parthenia players addressed the music. Phrases were finely shaped and nuanced, and textures were carefully balanced..." -- The New York Times
"A glowing group of viol players that is one of the brightest lights in New York's early-music scene." -- The New Yorker
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