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Early Music Fridays launched in Kirkland

A series of concerts covering over 700 years and representing the Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque periods, will be performed on Fridays in Kirkland.

Early Music Fridays, presented by Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church and the Early Music Guild

Location, will be held at 8 p.m. at Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, 308 4th Ave S, Kirkland. Tickets are $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 Students and NUUC members. The are available online, by phone, or at the door on the evening of the performances. Free parking is available in the church parking lot.

More information is available at 206-325-7066 or www.earlymusicguild.org

Concerts include:

October 8, 2010 – Rebekah Gilmore and Thomas Thompson. In their EMG series debut, soprano Rebekah Gilmore and bass-baritone Thomas Thompson will perform the “dialogue” cantatas: Bach’s exciting interplay between the voices of the Soul, performed by Gilmore, and Jesus, performed by Thompson. This performance will be complemented by a full period ensemble with continuo and will feature several solo works from the Baroque repertoire.

November 5, 2010 – Elizabeth CD Brown: Women of Good Courage.

In this program featuring music from Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre, the Princess Elisabeth von Hessen Lutebook, and the Queen Anne Guitarbook, lutenist and Baroque guitarist Elizabeth C. D. Brown will explore the lives and music of three women from the 17th and 18th centuries.

December 10, 2010 – Ensemble Electra: London a l'Italia. Follow harpsichordist Jillon Stoppels, violinist Tekla Cunningham, and recorder player Vicki Boeckman as they explore the repertoire that shone out from the fusion of 18th-century British and Italian cultures. The concert includes chamber music by Corelli, Handel, Barsanti and others.

January 7, 2011 –

Dolce Sono: Musical Caricatures: The Imaginative World of the Character Piece. The harmonious duet, Dulce Sono, comprising of Elizabeth Brown, Lutes and Baroque Guitar, and Ronnee Fullerton, Viola da Gamba and Baroque Violin, has performed for 12 years. Hear Biber's Rosary Sonata, depicting the Nativity, contrasted by music emulating the ferocity of a turbulent windstorm.

March 11, 2011 – The Lonely & Broken Cellist: Music for Unaccompanied Cello from and inspired by the Baroque. Join cellist Nathan Whittaker in a program of music from G.B. Degli Antonii, Britten, Tavener, Walton, and J.S. Bach as he traces the cello’s rise to prominence in the twentieth century, when composers, propelled by a new generation of cellists, searched for models to showcase this instrument and found shining examples in the Baroque. Follow Whittaker as he crosses, on three different cellos, a bridge to the past, constructed with forms like the fugue, passacaglia, and ciaccona, and styles of declamation, chant, or stile brisé.

April 29, 2011 – Cinnamon Bird with special guest Kane Mathis. With duo vielles, Shulamit Kleinerman and Ruthie Dornfeld bring to life medieval lais and cantigas: tales of love, morality, and adventure spun at the courts of Europe's nobles. Join Cinnamon Bird for this special collaboration: Kane Mathis represents the centuries-old West African tradition of the Mandinka bard, whose songs transmit history, current events, eulogies and love stories with the mesmerizing sound of the 21-string kora.

May 20, 2011 – The Art of the Lute Song: Baroque Beginnings.

Join tenor Eric Mentzel and lutenist August Denhard for a program that explores the flowering of solo song in the 16th century: virtuoso pieces by the first composers of Italian opera, elegant settings of the English Cavalier poets, alluring French airs de cour, and Elizabethan lute songs from England's Golden Age.

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