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DePauw Welcomes Early Music Master and Celebrated Violinist Stanley Ritchie for Masterclass and Concert Wednesday

November 28, 2004

stanley ritchie 2.jpgNovember 28, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Celebrated early music pioneer and master violinist Stanley Ritchie will visit DePauw University on Wednesday, December 1, to perform an anticipated masterclass and chamber recital. Both events will be held in Thompson Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center and are free and open to the public.

The afternoon masterclass will begin at 2pm and features performances by several talented DePauw string students. For the evening recital, which will start at 7:30 p.m., Ritchie will perform as part of ViVaCe, a string trio that features himself, DePauw faculty member Allison Edberg on viola and cellist Joanna Blendulf.

During the course of his illustrious career, Mr. Ritchie has been a driving force behind the birth of the early music movement. His impressive resume includes appearances as a soloist and director of such noted period ensembles as the Academy of Ancient Music, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Tafelmusik and the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra. Ritchie’s recordings have been widely praised by critics, appearing on such prestigious labels as Harmonic Mundi, Decca, EMI, Nonesuch and Dorian.

As for ViVaCe, the DePauw concert marks the group’s professional debut. Even so, the trio is well acquainted with each other. Edberg and Blendulf have performed frequently together in such groups as Apollo’s Fire, Mirable and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra. Both were also students of Ritchie’s at Indiana University’s Early Music Institute and describe his influence as crucial in shaping their careers and musical interests.

stanley ritchie1.JPG“Stanley was a pioneer in developing the first wave of profound interest in Baroque music,” states Edberg of her mentor. “His recent interest in classical performance practice is really a natural outgrowth that helped to shape the creation of the Schubertian Ensemble.”

Not surprisingly, these performance considerations are essential to the aesthetic of the group. All of the instrumentalist will be playing with period instruments and bows and using gut strings in an attempt to emulate the musicians and sounds of the Classical era. This should only add to the delightful evening program, which includes works by Beethoven and Mozart.

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