Marsh Mountain Consort offers classical Renaissance works

The Marsh Mountain Consort Renaissance musicians prepare to perform on Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Oakland. Front row, from the left are Dan Rippe, Barbara Leighton, Ellen Farrell and Ruth Seib. Back row, Marci McClive, David Goings, Sam Mraz, Tom Johnson, Dan Muss, Carol Muss, Jean Myers and musical director Larry Lipnik.

OAKLAND — An afternoon of Renaissance music from the 15th and 16th centuries will be presented Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church by the Marsh Mountain Consort and invited musical guests.

The Consort players perform classical Renaissance works on recorders — from soprano to contrabass — and violas da gamba — treble, tenor and bass. The concert will illustrate works from Germany, Italy, France and Spain, ending with a contemporary piece to demonstrate the modern use of these ancient instruments.

Having performed locally since the late 1970s, local consort members now include Tom Johnson, Barbara Leighton, Marci McClive, Carol Muss, Dan Muss, Jean Myers and consort director Ruth Seib. Guest musicians include Ellen Farrell, David Goings, Sharon Moore, Sam Mraz and Daniel Rippe.

The concert will be conducted by music director Lawrence Lipnik, who has performed with many acclaimed early music ensembles from Anonymous 4 to Piffaro and is a founding member of the viol consort Parthenia and vocal ensemble Lionheart.  Lipnik has prepared an authoritative edition of Francesco Cavalli’s La Calisto, commissioned by the Juilliard School, served as gambist and recorder player in baroque opera productions, including Wolf Trap and the New York City Opera, and has served as collegium director at Amherst Early Music in Massachusetts. St. Mark’s Lutheran Church is located at the corner of Center and Second streets.

For more information, call 301-501-0304 or email mmcclive@frostburg.edu.  

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