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Armonia Nova coming to DePauw this weekend

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GREENCASTLE -- The DePauw Performing Arts Series and DePauw School of Music are pleased to welcome early music ensemble Armonia Nova.

The group will present a workshop on improvisation and music-making beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Thompson Recital Hall of the Judson and Joyce Green Center. The ensemble will also present a concert on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Armonia Nova is an ensemble of instruments and voices based in the Washington D.C. area. Its members perform medieval, renaissance and early baroque music of Europe on re-creations of historical instruments.

Members of Armonia Nova give a historically informed performance, enabling the listener to hear this remote, yet remarkably beautiful music as it might have sounded when it was newly created.

The performances of this ensemble capture the emotional content of the music, bringing an intensity and immediacy to the performance while maintaining the purity and clarity of tone so essential to music of these early periods.

Members of the ensemble visiting DePauw include Constance Whiteside (harp), Evanne Browne (soprano), Marjorie Bunday (mezzo- soprano), Allison Mondel (soprano), Craig Resta (vielle and rebec). Assistant Professor of Music Jay White (countertenor) also performs with the ensemble.

Armonia Nova is sponsored by the Gilbert S. Lance fund.

For more information about music events, visit the School of Music website at www.depauw.edu/music or call 658-4380.



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