Parthenia Viol Consort Presents Purcell's Roots: Elizabethan And Jacobean Fantasies For Six Viols

Parthenia Viol Consort Presents Purcell's Roots: Elizabethan And Jacobean Fantasies For Six Viols

Parthenia, New York's premiere viol consort, will be in concert on Sunday, May 6 at 4:00 PM, performing Purcell's Roots: Elizabethan and Jacobean Fantasies for Six Viols at The Church of Saint Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

Parthenia Viol Consort and guests Annalisa Pappano, treble viol, and Motomi Igarashi, bass viol, present masterpieces from the Private Music of Elizabeth I and James I, and the Princes, Charles and Henry - works which point the way to Henry Purcell.

The ensemble's choices of fantasias and dances for three, four, five and six viols range from works by John Taverner in the early part of Elizabeth's reign to Henry Purcell himself, at the end of the 17th century. Repertoire is drawn from William Byrd, Robert Parsons, Orlando Gibbons, Giovanni Coprario, and John Jenkins, and features a suite by Matthew Locke, Purcell's teacher, for the four viols of Parthenia. Each half starts with a unique sound: a fantasia for six treble viols by William Daman opens the concert, and after intermission the ensemble will perform a fantasia for six bass viols by Alfonso Ferrabosco II.

The artists welcome the audience to join them immediately after the program for a talk-back, followed by a reception on the beautiful church grounds.

All tickets are $25. For more information, call 212-866-0468 or visit

Parthenia is a dynamic quartet of viols which animates ancient and contemporary repertoires with a ravishing sound and a remarkable sense of ensemble. Parthenia is presented in concerts and festivals across America including Bargemusic, Music Before 1800, Maverick Concerts, The Rockport Chamber Music Festival, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Miller Theatre and the Yale Center for British Art, and in Europe at the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik. The ensemble produces its own concert series in NYC, collaborating regularly with the world's foremost early music specialists including Piffaro, Julianne Baird, Paul O'Dette, Blue Heron and ARTEK. Parthenia actively commissions and premieres works by today's composers including Eleonor Sandresky, Richard Einhorn, Phil Kline, Frances White, Max Lifchitz, Will Ayton, Nicholas Patterson and Kristin Norderval. Parthenia's latest CD Nothing Proved, on the MSR Classics label, features music by Hildegard von Bingen, Frances White, Kristin Norderval, and Tawnie Olson. They are represented by GEMS Live artists management.

Parthenia is Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley and Lisa Terry. Visit them at

Parthenia's concert season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Parthenia is a sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a member of Early Music America and Chamber Music America.

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