Empire Viols
The Silver Swan
May 7, 8 pm
Holy Trinity Church Inwood
20 Cumming St, NYC
$15 general
$10 students, seniors, military
18 and under: free
Empire Viols
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Martha McGaughey
Carlene Stober
violas da gamba

Arthur Haas
harpsichord
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Holy Trinity Church Inwood
The lower part of the sanctuary of Holy Trinity Church Inwood, located at 20 Cumming Street between Broadway and Seaman Avenue in the Inwood neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, is set in a courtyard. It was designed by Springsteen & Goldhammer in the Gothic Moderne style.
Empire Viols
The soprano Ruth Cunningham, lately of Anonymous 4, with violists da gamba Patricia Halverson of Chatham Baroque and James Waldo will join Empire Viols (Martha McGaughey and Carlene Stober) in music from the golden age of English consort music — with a little added spice.

Enjoy the lustrous music of John Dowland, Matthew Locke, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, and William Byrd for voice and viols, with some playful music for children by Béla Bartók and a fresh piece for viols by the young composer Brooke Green.

The players
Martha McGaughey was a founding member of Musical Assembly and guest
with Phantasm, and appears on the Erato and EMI labels. She taught at
Ecole Nationale de Musique (France), Eastman School of Music, Stanford
University, and teaches at Mannes College of Music.

Carlene Stober is a cellist/gambist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity and was an
artist with the Manitou Chamber Music Festival. In addition to many
ensembles, she was a guest with Prairie Home Companion and the Utah
Shakespearean Festival, and was featured musician in Theatre for a New
Audience's production of
Pericles. She was principal cellist of the Tucson
Symphony and a member of the Delphi String Quartet.

Arthur Haas, winner of the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord
Competition, is a member of the Aulos Ensemble and is artistic director of the
Baroque Academy of the Amherst Early Music Festival. His solo CDs include a
recent disc of de La Guerre and Couperin.  He  is professor of harpsichord
and early music at SUNY Stony Brook.

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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