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Early Music Now - 20th Anniversary Opening Concert
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Early Music Now
Celebrating our 20th Anniversary 2006-2007 Season
For Immediate Release:
Phone 414-225-3113 Milwaukee area
Phone 1-877-546-8742 (54music) outside Milwaukee
Contact:  Charles Q. Sullivan, General Manager
Time Stands Still
Milwaukee--Turn back the clock 20 years, and you could observe the founding of two complementary music organizations--an imaginative new performing ensemble in Chicago, and an adventurous new presenter in Milwaukee. Beginning with EMN’s inaugural concert, the Newberry Consort (www.newberry.org/consort) has been a frequent Milwaukee headliner under the banner of Early Music Now. On Saturday, October 7th at 7:30 pm, this world-renowned Chicago ensemble will return to the UWM Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts to open EMN’s 20th Anniversary Season and to celebrate their own 20th as well!
With a program entitled “Time Stands Still: Reflections of Elizabethan England,” the ensemble will perform songs reflecting time and its effect on the Elizabethan psyche, as well as instrumental works which explore the interplay of time in music. The Elizabethans were obsessed with mutability and caprice; the concept of time--the alchemy of change--infuses their music and literature. Presented in seven sections: The Hands of Time, Sweet Division, The Only Pretty Ring Time, Count Your Blessings, Night and Day, The End of Time, and Carpe Diem; the program includes music by composers including Dowland, Gibbons, Morley, Anonymous, and others--a wide-ranging overview of Elizabethan sensibilities. For this occasion the ensemble includes David Douglass, violin; Craig Trompeter and Mary Springfels, violas da gamba; Grant Herreid, lute; and Ellen Hargis, soprano.
Clearly, time has not stood still for either of these organizations. Since its founding in 1986 by Thallis Hoyt Drake, Early Music Now has become one of the foremost presenters of Medieval, Renaissance, and early-Baroque music in the United States. EMN has enjoyed a stellar reputation with its artists and audiences from the very beginning. Over the years, EMN has presented world-class artists from England, Brazil, Japan, China, Germany, Holland, Spain, and from the major early music centers of the United States, often contributing to the launching of the reputations of new artists, as well as supporting the continued presentation of established artists. The 0607 season offers six concerts in Milwaukee, with two also offered in Madison and Evanston (Illinois).
Since its founding in 1887, the Chicago’s Newberry Library has had a strong interest in music. In 1982, the Newberry Library appointed Mary Springfels as musician-in-residence to undertake the presentation of a series of early music concerts. The Newberry Consort was formed in 1986 from the nucleus of performers who had appeared on that concert series. The ensemble is now in residence at the Newberry Library, at the Northwestern University School of Music, and at the University of Chicago. Founding members of the Consort, in addition to Mary Springfels, are violinist David Douglass, and countertenor Drew Minter (not appearing on this concert). In 2002 acclaimed soprano Ellen Hargis joined the Consort as its fourth member. The Consort has always maintained the practice of featuring outstanding guest musicians in their concerts.
Reserved Seating Section: $35 adult / $17.50 student.
General Admission: $28 adult / $10 student.
To order, or for further information, check EMN’s website at www.earlymusicnow.org, or contact Early Music Now, 414-225-3113 (Milwaukee), 1-877-54music (toll-free), email to info@earlymusicnow.org, or mail to 1630 East Royall Place, Milwaukee 53202-1810. Tickets may also be purchased from the UWM Box Office at 414-229-4308. The Zelazo Center is located on the UWM campus at 2419 East Kenwood Boulevard.
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