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(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) – The Moravian College Collegium Musicum and the Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble will host a festive celebration on Sunday, March 19, at the Priscilla Payne Hurd center, Church and Main Streets, Bethlehem, Pa.
The event will begin with a brunch in Clewell Dining Hall at 11:00 a.m. for members and former members of both groups, followed by a concert at 4:00 p.m. in Peter Hall
Present and past members of both musical groups are invited to participate in the festivities, as well as their children, grandchildren, or siblings. The program is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of early music at Moravian College, and the concert is open to the public.
In the first half of the concert, the current members of the Collegium and the Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble will perform. In the second half, alumni from both groups will join together with current members (having rehearsed at 1:00 p.m.). The audience will be invited to sing along during one of the numbers as well. Then the Kollegium Kids-children, grandchildren, and younger siblings of past and current members-- will take the stage and play two simple Renaissance dances. The Kids, twenty-five in all, range from ages 2 to 17.
For a grand finale, Barbara Pearson, dancer, choreographer, and dance historian, will lead the audience in a Renaissance dance workshop.
Founded in 1976, the Collegium Musicum membership is comprised of students and community members who play music from the Renaissance era on period instruments. In 1994 a companion group called the Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble was formed consisting of students only, specializing in music of the Baroque era. The two groups annually collaborate on the Early Music concert in March.
The concert is open to the public - $6 admission; brunch open to current and former members of the Collegium Musicum and Mostly Monteverdi Ensemble, and family members - $12 charge, children free. For further information please call (610 861-1650.