First concert in series for Early Music at MSU

Posted at 11:44 AM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 13:14:46-04

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Join the MSU Music School as we kick-off our 2019-2020 Taylor Johnston Early Music Series with a concert by Ensemble Bizarria on Monday, September 30th, at 7:30 p.m. in Fairchild Theatre.

If you can’t tell from their name, Ensemble Bizarria is not a conventional chamber group. ‘Bizarria’ is an early term for baroque music, and their program, “Music from the Court of Modena,” will bring to life rare gems from 17th-century northern Italy, including descriptive works such as “Partita alla tromba” (Partita in the style of a trumpet) by Giuseppe Colombi (1645-1694) and “Capriccio a modo di lira” (Capriccio in the manner of a lyre) by Biagio Marini (1594-1663).

The ensemble is composed of the talented and enterprising duo of Lindsey Strand-Polyak, baroque violin, and Alexa Haynes-Pilon, baroque cello, both well-known early music performers who have performed at many of the country’s premiere early music festivals, including the Twin Cities Early Music Festival, Montana Early Music Festival, Bitterroot Baroque, Baroque Music Festival Corona del Mar, and the Fringe series of both Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals, as well as with the American Bach Soloists, Tafelmusik, Rezonance, and Accenti Vocali,

In addition to their performance, Drs. Strand-Polyak and Haynes-Pilon will lead two workshops for students on Tuesday, October 1st. At 4:00 p.m. in the MSU Music Building, room 206 they will offer Baroque Performance Practice for Violinists and Bassoonists [] and at 6:00 p.m. in the MSU Music Building, room 145, they will offer Same Gig, New Century: Baroque Techniques and Music Careers []. The workshops are free and open to the public.

Earlier this year, MSU lost a truly remarkable educator with the passing of Dr. Taylor Johnston. As an MSU professor of 51 years, Dr. Johnston harbored a long-time passion for music, particularly early music, which led to the establishment of the Taylor Johnston Early Music Series. The impact Dr. Johnston made on not just the MSU Music community, but on the MSU community as a whole, will be felt for years to come.

Other upcoming performances at Fairchild Theatre in this series include:

Profeti della Quinta, January 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Profeti della Quinta, January 26th, 7:00 p.m.
Medici Ensemble, April 6th, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for this event and others in the series are reserved seating: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (age 60 and older), $7 for students and those under age 18, and can be purchased online, at the College of Music box office, by calling (517) 353-5340, or in person.

More information can be found at: []

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