Concordia Consort

The performance schedule for Concordia Consort.

Concordia performing

L-R: Mark Maiden (seated in corner playing "Tiny Tim").
Standing: George Mastellone, Sheila Beardslee, Mary Lou Repucci, Audrey Benevento

Les Dames de Paris — March 2 & 9, 2014

Concordia Consort, Ensemble-in-Residence at Trinity Episcopal Church in Concord, gives two March performances of its newest program, ”Les Dames de Paris,” a musical exploration of life, love and the ladies of Renaissance France.  Guest soprano Eileen Cecelia Callahan joins our recorder quartet, Sheila Beardslee (director), George Mastellone, Brian Warnock and Henia Yacubowicz.

With lovelorn, love-struck and love-sick chansons by Dufay, Binchois, Josquin, Compere, Lassus, Manchicourt and LeJeune, we celebrate the ladies of Renaissance France — the shepherdess, the gardener, the castle lady, and the Heavenly Queen, as well as their beaux both loved from afar or in a raucous embrace.  Instrumental settings and dances complete the program.

•  Sunday, March 2 at 3 PM
Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street in Jamaica Plain, MA
$15, $10 seniors & JPTC members
Reservations  617/524-3158 or lghouseconcerts@aim.com
Limited seating; tea is served following the concert.
directions:  www.loring-greenough.org

•  Sunday, March 9 at 4 PM
Calvary Methodist Church, 300 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, MA
$15, $10 seniors, students & R/EMM members
directions:  www.calvaryarlington.org

Early Music Boston February 24, 2014 sheila Concordia Consort

Back to the Future: The Other Side of Early Music

Concordia Consort:   “Back to the Future — The Other Side of Early Music”.

Guest soprano Eileen Cecelia Callahan is featured in this program of songs and instrumental works spanning the Classical era to the 20th century. She sings a desperate aria by Beethoven, songs of love by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Grieg, and broken-hearted lament by Ravel accompanied by recorder consort.

The instrumental ensemble performs quartets, trios and fugues by Mozart and Haydn, Mendelssohn and Chopin, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, ending in the 20th century with Shostakovich, Reger — and  finally — a piece actually written for recorders by Paul Leenhouts.

“This has been a joy to learn that this later, really ‘modern’ music works so well on recorders. We explored lieder and choral works, organ repertoire and chamber music, to see how recorders fit into music of the 19th and 20th centuries. And fit they do! This exploration has been a joyful if occasionally thorny path as we discovered new works and revisited old favorites from our other musical lives in a new guise. This music offers charm and tenderness, passion and heartbreak, beauty and intensity in a manner which we hear clearly descended from the works of earlier names like Senfl, Gesualdo, Byrd and Bach.  The future has never looked — or sounded — better to us!”

Early Music Boston October 25, 2013 sheila Concordia Consort

CD release: Ay, me! Ohime!

Ay, me! Ohime! is a program of English and Italian music from the 16th and 17th centuries. Guest soloist Eileen Callahan, soprano, sings three pieces with us.  Works of Holborne, Este, Morley, Byrd, Dowland, Tye; Trabaci, Gesualdo, Macque, Palestrina, Bertalli, Alessandro Scarlatti.

Order yours now: $15 each or 2 CDs for $25 plus $3 shipping.
•  e-mail  sheilabb  at  earthlink.net  for details.

Recorded at Trinity Episcopal Church, Concord MA.  Produced by Winchester Labs.

Early Music Boston March 26, 2009 sheila Concordia Consort
Early Music Boston - © Sheila Beardslee