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The Baltimore Consort will be the next featured performers in the popular St. John’s Concert Series in Washington, Conn. on Saturday, April 2 at 8 pm. The highly acclaimed group, founded in 1980, has made its reputation through its study and performance of early English, Spanish and French popular music and the relationship between folk music, art and dance.
The Baltimore Consort originally organized to study the music of Shakespeare’s time, and went on to explore the rich heritage of North American music as well. In 2009 they released Cancione!, a collection of Spanish Renaissance music. The premier interpreters of early English, Scottish and French popular music, the Baltimore Consort features Mary Anne Ballard (treble, tenor and bass viols), Mark Cudek (cittem, bass viol), Jose Lemos(countertenor), Larry Lipkis (bass viol, recorder, crumhorn), Ronn McFarlane (lute) and Mindy Rosenfeld (flutes, whistle, crumhom). Mary Anne Ballard, who researches the Consort programs, is on the faculty of the Oberlin’s summer Baroque Museum Institute and recently was Director of Music for The Play of Daniel at The Cloisters in New York. Mark Budek is Director of The Early Music Program at The Peabody Conservatory and Artistic Director of The Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Tickets for the concert are $20 per person. Call for further information or check the website.