Putting Humpty-Dumpty Together Again

I’ve been reveling in visual and aural beauty while transcribing the music for our upcoming concert “Celestial Sirens II” from the original manuscripts at the Newberry Library.  Every page of the vellum tells a story.  There are lovingly repaired rips

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Press Release: Feast of the Peasant

Feast of the Pheasant

  Famously extravagant 15thcentury feast re-created through music, texts, and imagery with The Feast of the Pheasant CHICAGO (January 6, 2014) — The Newberry Consort will present a multi-media concert of the music performed at the famous party thrown by

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Press Release: Rarely performed masterworks of the Polish Renaissance to Chicago’s Polish-American community

For additional information, contact: Stephanie Malmquist, Little Light Marketing stephanie@littlelightmarketing.com     60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610 www.newberryconsort.org    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Newberry Consort brings rarely performed masterworks of the Polish Renaissance to Chicago’s Polish-American community CHICAGO

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Press Release: Celestial Sirens Cleveland

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For Immediate Release Contact:     Beverly Simmons 216-401-2485   The Church of the Covenant presents Celestial Sirens: Music from Italian & Mexican Convents The Newberry Consort, Ellen Hargis, director March 20, 2013 at 7:30 pm The Newberry Consort of Chicago

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Press Release: Celestial Sirens Chicago

The Howard Mayer Brown Memorial Concert   Music from Italian and Mexican Convents January 20 – 22, 2012 The Newberry Consort kicks off 2012 with Celestial Sirens, a program of music from 17th-century Mexican and Italian convents, on January 20th at

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A work in progress…

We’ve completed day 2 of rehearsal, and find ourselves at once elated, frustrated, moved, and challenged!  What a repertoire – exquisitely beautiful, fiendishly difficult, and endlessly fascinating. We’ve been unknotting rhythmic kinks, drawing on Mark Rimple’s understanding of the notation.

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Medieval Strings Part II: Plucks

The Wonderful World of Medieval Stringed Instruments:  Part II Plucked stringed instruments also abounded in the Middle Ages. The most popular one was without a doubt the harp.  Our idea that angels play harps came from the many depictions of

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David Douglass on Medieval Strings

The Wonderful World of Medieval Bowed Strings By David Douglass When I first held a medieval stringed instrument in my hands I felt I had entered a whole new world, one full of adventure and promise. My, how different it

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Singing in French: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

First off, I have to say I LOVE singing in French.  This is crazy, because in voice studios we are taught that French is one of the hardest languages to sing – and then there’s the grammar! But whether it’s

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Welcome to The Newberry Consort Directors’ blog! This is our opportunity to give you a behind-the-scenes peek into how we work. In our blog we’ll also share with you what we think about the music we’ll perform. If you haven’t

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Mon Oct 04, 2010 at 9:11 pm By Dennis Polkow Though not as high on the cognoscenti radar as the Chopin and Schumann bicentennials, the tercentenary of composer Thomas Arne (1710-1778) was celebrated Sunday afternoon by the Newberry Consort in - Baroque Britisher Thomas Arne rules in Newberry Consort season opener
Overall, this evening not only proved most enchanting and worthwhile, but it more importantly served as a hugely inspirational, life-changing experience... - Dancing Back in Time with the Newberry Consort
Perhaps no concert in this year's festival stretches that boundary more than the one given by the Newberry Consort. - Newberry Consort runs gamut in Madison Early Music Festival
If this makes the music sound overly intellectual, the subject matter – love songs, evocations of bird song and other pastoral scenes – is pure, sensuous delight. - Consort performs ‘the subtle art’
ClevelandClassical.com Previews, News & Reviews promoting classical music in Northeast Ohio by Nicholas Jones The overlapping musical talents and resources of Cleveland’s early music community were in full multi-tasking mode at the Church of the Covenant last week — with - “Celestial Sirens” at the Church of the Covenant (March 20)