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L’Ensemble Portique Concert Announcement

January 25th, 2006

L’Ensemble Portique invites you to a program of music from the past and present.

February 10, 2006 at 7:30 pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
1904 Winnebago Street, Madison, WI
Admission $20/$15

Lisette Kielson, recorder & flute
Kangwon Lee Kim, baroque & modern violin
Jennifer Barron, viola da gamba & cello
John Chappell Stowe, harpsichord
Fumi Nishikiori, piano

Old and new merge together as composers look to past traditions for their innovative ideas. Baroque selections feature arrangements of old folk tunes by Scottish composer James Oswald and Italian composers Geminiani and Vivaldi.

The program also includes four world premieres by Portuguese composer, Gonçalo Lourenço; UW alum, Jeff Snyder; and UW’s rural sociologist, Michael Mayerfeld Bell.

Lourenço writes an anthem of the Portuguese soul in “Alma Mater,” depicting the sadness, strength and vivacity of the Portuguese. Snyder’s “Dance Suite,” is an abstract variation of the Baroque dance suite with “energy level and speed of information” replacing the fast-slow-fast tempo juxtaposition of the popular form of the 18th century. And L’Ensemble Portique presents two new works by Bell. His “Uisge Beatha” (Water of Life) is flavored with the tradition of Celtic dances. And a special performance of his “Homage for a Decent Man,” written in memory of his colleague Fred Buttel, honors the 1-year anniversary of Buttel’s death.

For more information, please call 608-249-8527 or 608-287-1006 or visit http://www.LEnsemblePortique.com.

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