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The concert is part of the Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Bethlehem , Pa., November 21, 2006 - Members the Baltimore Consort and Brio will perform "Music of the Sephardic Jews," as part of the Moravian College Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, on Saturday, December 2 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Peter Hall, located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus in Historic Bethlehem.
Members of the Baltimore Consort ensemble have performed to the delight of audiences both in the U.S. and abroad, and their arrangements of early music from England , Scotland , France , Italy and Spain speak an international language of music that appeals to the mind and speaks to the heart. Recently the group has explored the wealth of music from the Iberian Peninsula . The group's CD's have earned merit on Billboard Magazine's Top-Ten list; and recently they recorded a new CD, "Cancionero: Early Music from Spain ," scheduled to be released in the spring 2007. Its performances on such syndicated radio programs as Performance Today, St. Paul Sunday, Millennium of Music, Harmonia, and Onstage (CBC) have broadcast its music far and wide.
The Consort has recorded twelve discs on the Dorian label (click on Recordings, below). The group also performs with orchestra, in a family-friendly show entitled O'er the Hills and Far Away, which is a set of symphonic arrangements created by Consort member and composer Larry Lipkis.
Lipkis, who performs on viols and recorders, is Composer-in-Residence and Director of Early Music at Moravian College . His cello concerto, Scaramouche , appears on the Koch label and his bass trombone concerto, Harlequin , was premiered in 1997 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. His bassoon concerto, Pierrot , was premiered by the Houston Symphony in January, 2002. Larry is also a music director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival and a former director of Early Music Week at Pinewoods.
The Sephardic branch of Judaism originated in Spain and Portugal , and while followers were mostly expelled from the Iberian peninsula in the late fifteenth century, they continued to spread their culture and traditions throughout Europe and the Middle East .
Brio, a quartet based in Charleston , South Carolina , specializes in exciting and vibrant performances of Sephardic music, featuring countertenor extraordinaire, José Lemos.
General admission is $15. Tickets for Moravian College students are $5. Peter Hall is located on the Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in Bethlehem . For more details on the Conference please go to www.moravian.edu/medieval.