MSU Music hosts renowned early music ensemble

MSU Music hosts renowned early music ensemble
Posted at 8:21 AM, Sep 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-10 08:21:46-04

Named for the majestic bronze horse statues surrounding St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Italy, the Dark Horse Consort [] is an ensemble dedicated to recreating the magnificent sounds of late renaissance and early Baroque brass music. 


On Thursday, September 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Fairchild Theatre, the group will be performing their program “The Golden Age of Brass,” music of 17th-century Italy and Germany for two cornets, three trombones and organ.


St. Mark’s Basilica was home to some of the most magnificent musical performances of its day. It was particularly renowned for its brass music, which is seldom performed today. The Dark Horse Consort, based in San Francisco, California, using historic recreations of period instruments, recreates instrumental sounds from the 16th and 17thcenturies. During their stay with the MSU College of Music, members of Dark Horse Consort will also give a lecture and demonstration at 3 p.m. on Thursday, September 20th in 103 Music Practice Building. This event is free and open to the public.


“This concert is part of the Taylor Johnston Early Music Series, now in its fourth year, which focuses on Renaissance- and Baroque-era music performed by guest artists from around the world,” says David Rayl, associate dean of graduate studies and research with the MSU College of Music. “Concerts from last season included the Flanders Recorder Quartet from Belgium and the renowned choral ensemble The Tallis Scholars. This year’s series also features an extraordinary lineup and a chance for people to hear music they cannot hear anywhere else in our region. The Dark Horse Consort is an excellent way to kick off the season!”


In addition to the Dark Horse Consort, performances in this season’s Taylor Johnson Early Music Series include:


Academy Players [] “England My England ”

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8 PM


House of Time [] “1685: Year of Genius”

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM


Taylor Johnston, sponsor of the Taylor Johnston Early Music Series, is on the faculty in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He combines his love of science with his passion for singing and playing early music on wind instruments, primarily the recorder.


Reserved seat tickets are available: $17 for adults and $15 for seniors (age 60 and older) and $7 for students and those under age 18. They can be purchased online at, or at the College of Music box office by calling (517) 353-5340 or in person at the Music Building on campus, 333 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824.


More information, including a video preview of Dark Horse Consort, can be found on the event page at the College of Music’s website: []

Source: Press Release