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Music City Baroque Plays Chamber Music From England To Open Their Season

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Music City Baroque, Nashville's professional ensemble for historically informed performance, opens their 2012-2013 season this Sunday with a varied program of 17th century English chamber music. Included on the program are lute songs, divisions for solo cello, and music written for Shakespeare's The Tempest. Works by the distinguished composers Henry Purcell, Thomas Campion, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet, and Matthew Locke are included.

One of the unique features of this musical group is their performance on replicas of period instruments, including lute, theorbo (a long-necked bass lute), harpsichord, violins, viola, and baroque flute. Soprano Terri Richter also participates, singing a selection of songs accompanied by lute.

Not surprisingly, a number of the Music City Baroque string players are full-time members of the acclaimed Nashville Symphony. But there is an "only in Music City" aspect to the involvement of violinist Tammy Rogers King, who will be playing in the second half of Sunday's program, which features Dances from Matthew Locke's THE TEMPEST written in 1674. Tammy's group The SteelDrivers and their recent CD, "Reckless," have been nominated for two Grammy awards, including "Best Bluegrass Album." That kind of musical crossover represents the truly vibrant musical community you'll find in this gem of a city in middle Tennessee.

For more background information on the program, visit ArtsNash. Here is a sample of some music from Sunday's concert.

Come out and hear music as it might have sounded 400 years ago.

Concert info:
Sunday, September 30, 2012
3:00 p.m.
Woodmont Christian Church
3601 Hillsboro Pike
Nashville, TN
Free admission, with donations to support Music City Baroque accepted at the door.

Program:
Simpson Divisions: "John Come Kiss Me Now"
Purcell "While Thirsis Wrapt"
Campion "Faire, If you expect Admiring"
Purcell Trio Sonata in G major
Loeillet Trio Sonata in B minor
Locke Music for Shakespeare's The Tempest

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