Empire Viols
Rule Britannia
October 27, 7:30 pm
Church of the Transfiguration
One E. 29th St. NYC
(between 5th and Madison)
$15 at the door
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Martha McGaughey
Carlene Stober
violas da gamba

Arthur Haas
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Church of the Transfiguration
The Church of the Transfiguration, also known as the Little Church Around the Corner, is located in Manhattan's NoMad neighborhood. Designed in the early English Neo-Gothic style, the church is set back from the street behind a garden which has long been an oasis for New Yorkers, who relax in the garden, pray in the chapel, or enjoy concerts in the main church.
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Uniquely British music by eccentric soldier Tobias Hume, eminent stage composer Thomas Arne ("Rule Britannia"), little-known gambist Henry Butler, ultimate viol authority Christopher Simpson, and the inimitable Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke, and Thomas Morley.

The players
Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall and with Wieland Kuijken. She is a founding member of the New York-based Empire Viols, in residence at Second Presbyterian Church since 2000, as well the Baroque groups Aula Harmoniae and Gold and Glitter. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI. She has taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoulême (France), at Stanford University, and since 1986 at The Mannes College of Music, where she currently teaches Baroque Performance Practice and a Performance Workshop for ESL students. She has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California. In the 2016-2017 season she was a featured soloist with the China National Symphony in Beijing, gave several master classes in France, and appeared with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh.

Carlene Stober is a member of Empire Viols and the Grenser Trio. In addition to performing with many other ensembles, she was continuo cellist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity for many years. She has appeared on "Prairie Home Companion" and was featured musician in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Pericles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a modern cellist, Carlene is a member of the Saratoga Opera Festival Orchestra and has performed at the Manitou Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. She served as principal cellist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the U.S. as a member of the Delphi String Quartet. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and can be heard on the Deux Elles, MSR, Ravello, and Quill Classics labels. She is also a music librarian, holding adjunct positions at New York University and the Morgan Library, and designs sound for theatrical productions.

Arthur Haas received the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition in 1975 and then stayed in France for a number of years as an active member of the growing European early music scene. He is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America's premier period instrument ensembles. With Aula Harmoniae, he has toured in Korea and Peru. In December, 2014, he was featured in a concerto evening with the China National Symphony in Beijing. He has recorded harpsichord music of Jean-Henry D'Anglebert, Forqueray, Purcell and his contemporaries, Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre, François Couperin, and most recently the three books of Pièces de Clavecin of J.Ph. Rameau. His recording of the works of Bernardo Pasquini was released in April of 2017. He is Professor of Harpsichord and Early Music at Stony Brook University and Visiting Professor of Harpsichord at the Yale School of Music. He was a Empire Viols founding faculty member of the Historical Performance Program at the Juilliard School.

Empire Viols formed in 1994. The core group of two viols and harpsichord frequently expands to include more viols or other instruments, while maintaining a focus on the rich duo viol repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The 2008-2009 season featured a tour of the southwestern United States.
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