Silent film with Early Music by HESPERUS
TINA CHANCEY, renaissance fiddle, viola da gamba, vielle, recorder
GRANT HERREID, lute, shawm, pipe and tabor, recorder, early guitar, tenor
ROSA LAMOREAUX, soprano
KATHRYN MONTOYA, recorders, shawm, sordoune
Tickets: $15/$10 students & seniors
Few characters from the past have captured the American popular imagination as completely as Robin Hood, even though he doesn't visit seasonally like Santa Claus, or spring from the pen of a single author like Sherlock Holmes. Robin's life has been celebrated in dozens of books, TV series and movies. Young and old can describe the gallant archer dressed in green who robs from the rich to give to the poor, lives in Sherwood Forest with Little John and Friar Tuck, loves Maid Marian, and hates wicked Prince John and the Sheriff of Nottingham. But if you ask when he lived, the answers will span almost 300 years.
In truth, the Robin Hood we revere today is an amalgam of centuries of myth and legend. Because of this, when HESPERUS decided to create an early music soundtrack to accompany Douglas Fairbanks’ marvelous silent film, at first we didn’t know what musical repertoire to use. We finally chose music from the court of King Henry VIII for the court scenes; Henry was a Robin Hood fan and many of his favorite songs talk of hunting and the greenwood. For the crusade scenes we play medieval tunes that have a certain Eastern flavor in their modes and scoring. While our music is authentically early and we perform it on the appropriate instruments, every showing of the film is different, and you’ll hear a great deal of improvisation and spontaneous ornamentation. - Tina Chancey
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Tina Chancey is a founding member and director of HESPERUS, the world-traveled early/traditional music ensemble dedicated to bringing the past alive through collaborations between early music and film, theater, dance and world music. She plays medieval fiddles, violas da gamba, and renaissance, Old Time and Irish violin on roots music from Sephardic and blues to early music and jazz standards. Her particular specialty is the five-stringed pardessus de viole, the subject of her dissertation; she was awarded grants by the National Endowment for the Arts in 1985 and 1992 to present debut concerts on the pardessus at Carnegie Recital Hall and Kennedy Center, and has recorded on the pardessus for Dorian and Golden Apple. A member of Toss the Feathers and Trio Sefardi, and a frequent duo performer with storyteller Jon Spelman, she is a former member of the Folger Consort, the Ensemble for Early Music, Blackmore’s Night and QUOG. She teaches, performs, records, improvises, produces recordings, writes articles and directs the SoundCatcher workshops teaching musicians how to play by ear and improvise. The Versatile Viol is her series of three CDs featuring the viol in Scots-Irish music, in French baroque music, and in American traditional music. Dr. Chancey has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Early Music America. For more information, please visit www.tinachancey.net
Grant Herreid has become a versatile musician/director/teacher in the early music scene. He has toured much of the world as a singer and multi-instrumentalist on early reeds, brass, strings and voice with Hesperus, Piffaro, Early Music New York, the Newberry Consort, and My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, and he plays theorbo and lute with the baroque ensemble ARTEK and New York City Opera. He has also been a featured guest artist with such groups as the King’s Noyse, Tapestry, the Folger Consort, Brandywine Baroque, and Apollo’s Fire. Active as an educator and coach, he teaches at the Mannes College of Music and directs the New York Continuo Collective. He is also Artistic Director of the Yale University Baroque Opera Project and co-director of the Yale Collegium Musicum. Grant is a stage director and musical coach for the Seattle Academy of Opera workshop with Stephen Stubbs; he has created and directed several theatrical early music shows, including a production featuring Monteverdi’s Ballo dell’Ingrate, in collaboration with Andrew Lawrence-King. Grant devotes much of his time to exploring the esoteric unwritten traditions of medieval and early Renaissance music as a founding member of Ex Umbris and Ensemble Viscera, and has recorded for Archiv, Dorian, Koch, Maggie's Music, Ex Cathedra, Lyrichord, Musical Heritage Society and Newport Classics, among others.
Soprano Rosa Lamoreaux is engaged in an international career of broad scope, including solo recitals, chamber music, opera, and orchestral performances at major concert venues, from Carnegie Hall to the Royal Albert Hall, and Kennedy Center to the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Her concert tours abroad have included performances in Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Peru, and Japan. Highly-praised as a Bach soloist, Ms. Lamoreaux performs for the Bethlehem and Carmel Bach Festivals, and she appears frequently with such foremost groups as the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the National Philharmonic Chorale, and Choral Arts of Washington. Her orchestral credits include the Atlanta, Dallas, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Greatly in demand as a chamber music performer, she sings with the Folger Consort, Chatham Baroque, ArcoVoce, the Four Nations Ensemble, Hesperus, and Musica Aperta. Ms. Lamoreaux is Artistic Director of the National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble. She has recently received her seventh Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE award as Best Classical Vocalist. Ms. Lamoreaux's numerous recordings reflect the breadth of her repertoire - from Hildegard von Bingen to today's Stephen Paulus - and her concerts are frequently broadcast over PBS, BBC, and CBC. For further information, please visit www.rosasings.com.
Kathryn Montoya currently teaches baroque oboe and recorder at Oberlin Conservatory and the University of North Texas. She appears with a variety of orchestral and chamber music ensembles including the internationally-acclaimed Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Wiener Akademie, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Arion, Newberry Consort, Musica Angelica, Ensemble Galilei and Apollo’s Fire among others. Kathryn received her degrees at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington. While at IU she was the recipient of the prestigious Performer’s Certificate and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Germany. She has taught master classes at Northwestern University, Eastern Illinois University and Iowa State University, and has been on the faculty of the Oberlin Baroque Performance Institute and the Midwest Music Festival. Kathryn very much enjoys the various thrills of recording, has been broadcast on NPR's Performance Today and can be heard on the Naxos, CPO, NCA, and Dorian Sono Luminus labels.