On September 10, 2012, lutanist Joel Spears joined New Comma Baroque for an educational residency at Adlai E. Stevnson High School. Co-funded by the Chicago Federation of Musicians’ “Music in the Schools” program, New Comma Baroque’s classes included demonstrations on harpsichord, Baroque violin, and viols for the orchestra classes focusing on issues of instrument construction, technique, and performance practice. Gambist Phillip Serna was joined by Chicago-area lutanist Joel Spears, as guest artists in the guitar classes in the afternoon, performing medieval music for lute and vielle, viol and theorbo, as well as vihuela and German lute.
Later that evening New comma Baroque presented a community concert of French Baroque music entitled “Tous les Matins du Monde: All the Mornings of the World” featuring Marais’s Sonnerie, excerpts from his Pièces de Viole from Book I & Book IV, as well as pieces from his Pièces en trio, and François Couperin’s Les Nations.
For a gallery of photos from the day-long residency at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, please click here. For a gallery of photos from the concert at Adlai E. Stevenson High School, please click here.
For information about Adlai E. Stevenson High School, director Enrique Vilaseco & their Period Instrument Baroque Ensemble, visit http://www.d125.org/clubs_and_activities/baroque_ensemble.aspx.
For up-to-date information on this and other programs, please visit http://www.newcommabaroque.org/.