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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Oct. 6, 2010) – The University of Central Missouri will host the Boston-based Ensemble Chaconne as it presents “A Musical Portrait: Thomas Gainsborough and His Circle” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, in Hart Recital Hall.
Now celebrating its 25th season, the Ensemble Chaconne has performed for audiences across the country with concerts of chamber music by the great European composers, performed on historical instruments. As the Ensemble Chaconne, Peter H. Bloom on baroque flute, Carol Lewis on viola da gamba, and Olav Chris Henriksen on baroque lute and English guitar will perform a concert celebrating the great English master painter’s passion for music.
The concert will feature works by leading European composers who were Gainsborough’s friends and colleagues, including J.C. Bach, Felice de Giardini, Carl Friedrich Abel, Johann Christian Fischer and others. The program also will include music by African composer Ignatius Sancho, who was born on a slave ship and rose to become a London composer and a man of letters.
In 2009, Ensemble Chaconne was one of only 33 touring ensembles named to the touring roster of Early Music America, a non-profit service organization supporting historical performance in North America.
In conjunction with the concert, the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi will host a forum on "Gainsborough's London c. 1760” from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in Utt Building 008. Fifteen-minute perspectives will the offered on government and politics by Eric Tenbus, professor of history; Gainsborough and London art by LeRoy McDermott, professor of art; literature and theater by Kathleen Leicht, associate professor of English; and music by Lester Brothers, professor of music. Questions and discussion will be welcomed.
The performance by Ensemble Chaconne at UCM is sponsored in part by the departments of English, Theatre, History, Art and Design, and Music, along with the Friends of Music. The concert and the forum are open to the public, free of charge.
Learn more about the programs of study and upcoming public performances offered by the Department of Music at www.ucmo.edu/music, or by calling 660-543-4530.