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Thomas Lupo’s Consort Music:
Italy Meets England

Saturday, March 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Grace Church School
86 Fourth Avenue (entrance at East 11th Street), NYC

Brent Wissick, director
Joanna Blendulf, Lawrence Lipnik, and David Morris, additional faculty

VdGS/GNY welcomes back Brent Wissick—joined by a stellar cross-country faculty—to lead this workshop highlighting English composer Thomas Lupo, who composed music for two to six viols. Lupo’s family migrated from Italy in the mid-16th century; he was composer and musician at the English court from 1591 to 1628, the Golden Age of English viol consort playing. Brent says, “I have known and loved some of Lupo’s three-part pieces for over thirty years, but more recently have become passionate about the richness and variety of the six-part pieces. They really tell stories, just like Italian madrigals.” Along with his consorts we may sample others by his
English contemporaries influenced by Italian style.

BRENT WISSICK teaches viola da gamba, cello, and early music ensembles at the University of North Carolina. A member of Ensemble Chanterelle and the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, he is a frequent guest with numerous ensembles in the U.S. as well as Wroclaw Baroque in Poland. He has performed and taught at many schools,
workshops, and festivals in North America, Australia, Europe and Asia. He was President of the VdGSA from 2000 through 2004, and chair of the 2007 Pan-Pacific Gamba Gathering. In addition to his work in early music, Brent researches and performs the cello music of Britten and Chopin.

A recent arrival to Alabama from Oregon, JOANNA BLENDULF has performed as soloist and continuo player in leading period instrument ensembles including the Portland Baroque Orchestra, Seattle’s Pacific MusicWorks, and Vancouver’s Pacific Baroque Orchestra; the Bloomington, Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals; and the Carmel and Oregon Bach Festivals. A teacher of viola da gamba and baroque cello, Joanna has been a popular faculty member at VdGSA Conclaves and other gamba workshops.

New York’s own LAWRENCE LIPNIK has performed with ensembles from Anonymous 4 to the Waverly Consort, and is a founding member of Parthenia and the vocal ensemble Lionheart. He has taught viol, recorder, and early music performance at Wesleyan University, as well as at VdGSA Conclaves, Pinewoods, and the San
Diego, Amherst, and Madison Early Music Festivals. Larry is music editor for an upcoming authoritative edition of the original songs from Shakespeare’s plays.

Bay-Area based DAVID MORRIS is a member of The King’s Noyse, the Galax Quartet, Quicksilver and NYS Baroque. He has performed with numerous ensembles including Musica Pacifica, the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tragicomedia, Tafelmusik, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He has taught at many VdGSA Conclaves, and has been a guest instructor in early music performance-practice at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, Oberlin College, the Madison Early Music Festival, and Cornell University.


9:00—9:30 a.m.
10:45—12:15 p.m
Faculty presentation AND group play
First consort class

Second consort class
Third consort class

Workshop Fee: Participants $75.00, Auditors $30.00
Some work-study discounts are available; contact Jane Furth at 212.924.2783 or furth.jane@gmail.com.
Deadline for registration is Friday, February 28

There are two ways to register, but you must be a current VdGS/GNY member to do so:

 To renew membership or become a new member click here to be redirected to the Membership page.
Register by Mail:
Click here to download a registration form    
Return the form with your check for (made out to VdGS/GNY) to
Jane Furth, 224 West 18th Street, #7A, New York, NY 10011.

Register Online, a Two-Ste Process
1. Fill out the form below. Please include the following information in the Comments section about the instrument you wish to play, other viols that you can play, and clefs that you can read.

2. After the confirmation page appears, you must return to the previous page to click on the BUY NOW button at the bottom of the page.. (You may use PayPal or a credit card.) Make sure to choose you level of attendance, Participant or Auditor.

We expect to limit enrollment to the responses postmarked (or web-sent) by Friday, February 28. If your registration arrives later, you will be put on a waiting list, in the order your registration is received. Music will be e-mailed and/or sent by US Post in advance. Pitch for the workshop will be A=415. You must bring a music stand and your lunch. Coffee, seltzer, morning munchies, and lunch dessert will be provided.


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