Department of Music

Early Music Ensemble Winter Concert

Virginia Tech's Early Music Ensemble, directed by Prof. John Howell, will present a Winter Concert featuring varied ensembles and special student soloists at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 26, in the Recital Salon of Squires Student Center on the Virginia Tech campus. The program is free and open to the public.

The Baroque Orchestra will introduce the seldom-heard Symphony No. 1 of William Boyce, English composer and leader of the Chapel Royal, and continue by accompanying Lorenza Cooper in Antonio Vivaldi's Concerto in C Major for Flautino, an instrument that in Vivaldi's time meant the sopranino recorder. All the instrumentalists of the Renaissance Band?Violin consort, Brass consort, Recorder consort and Crumhorn consort?will join forces for "The Queen's Branle," a true early 17th century Battle of the Bands.

Individual soloists will include Michael Balch, with two Pavanas by Luis de Mil?n from one of the first collections of music intended for guitar, and violinists Ashley Keffer, Peter Grossman, cellist Jessica Brown and harpsichordist Daniel Cornielussen in the Trio Sonata in E Minor by violin virtuoso Arcangelo Corelli.

Georg Philipp Telemann's New Years Cantata, "Sing Unto the Lord a New Song," brings the entire company together along with soloists tenor Dan Troha, alto Ariane Henderson, baritones Steven Belcher and Chris Gregory, and sopranos Anne Butler, Ali Haskins and Amanda Trent to close the program.