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Early Music Ensemble, Armonia Nova, Here March 13 & 14

March 3, 2010

armonia nova 2010.jpgMarch 3, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. —  "With Armonia Nova, love takes beguiling wing," wrote the Washington Post of the early musical ensemble which will visit DePauw University next week, calling its performance "fresh, impassioned and elegantly presented." The DePauw Performing Arts Series and DePauw School of Music will welcome Armonia Nova for two events. The group will present a workshop on improvisation and music-making at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, in Thompson Recital Hall of the Green Center for the Performing Arts. The ensemble will also present a concert on Sunday, March 14, at 7:30 pm in the same venue. 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. Armonia Nova has been frequently praised for its intelligent and creative programming. The performances of this ensemble capture the emotional content of the music, bringing an intensity and immediacy to the performance while maintaining the purity jay white 2010bw.jpgand 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). Jay White (countertenor; pictured at right), assistant professor in the DePauw University School of Music, will also perform with the ensemble.

Armonia Nova's DePauw visit is sponsored by the Gilbert S. Lance fund.

For more information, visit the DePauw School of Music online or call (765) 658-4380.

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