MUSICAL IN SEATTLE

Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence, and other members of his early music group, the Baltimore Consort, played for patients at the Bailey-Boushay House in Seattle. Photo: Seattle Times

Larry Lipkis, professor of music and composer-in-residence, and other members of his early music group, the Baltimore Consort, stopped in Seattle October 13 on their way to a three-concert tour of Alaska. While there, they played for patients at the Bailey-Boushay House—a residential and day care center for people with HIV/AIDS and others needing intensive care.

"Many of the residents clapped or sang, but one woman had actually played the violin at one time," said Larry. "She was just delighted. She was especially interested in the rebec, and even played a little." The group often does community outreach performances at schools and hospitals while touring.

During their six-day tour of Alaska, the Baltimore Consort played in Juno, Fairbanks, and Kodiak Island. In August, the early music ensemble recorded its thirteenth CD, a program of Renaissance Spanish music entitled "Cancionero."  The disc will be released in Spring 2009 by Dorian/Sono Luminus Recordings.

Next week, Baltimore Consort travels to Florida for a November 7 concert in Melbourne. Their December schedule includes a Christmas concert at the Bethlehem Church of the Nativity, Monday December 15 at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Larry at LALipkis@Moravian.edu.