Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Italy in Full Bloom

Please join us on Friday evening, April 17 at 7:30 for a program from the Italian Baroque. You'll get to hear Vivaldi, Castello, Strozzi, Gluck, Sammartini, Molter, and Bach!

Allison Willet, Director
Margaret Carpenter, Soprano
Kelly Nivison Roudabush, Lindsay Leach Sparks, Flutes
Thomas Turanchik, Oboe
Allison Willet, Belinda Swanson, Thomas LaJoie, Violins
Suzanne Rousso, Viola
Charlie Rasmussen, Leigh Rudner, Violoncellos
Susan Bates, Harpsichord

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Italy in the spring

On April 19, 2013, at 7:30pm, GEM will be performing music from baroque Italy. You'll get to enjoy music by Barbara Strozzi, Albinoni, Telemann, and Vivaldi! If you remember our Christmas concert in 2011, Andy Bonner performed Winter from The Four Seasons Concerti, and this April, Allison Willet will perform the Spring concerto from the same set!
Our concert will take place in the Leak Chapel of West Market Street UMC in downtown Greensboro. See you there!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Renaissance GEM

We hope to see you on Saturday, January 12, 2013, for Twelfth Night in downtown Greensboro at the Elm Street Center! GEM is performing at 2:00, and the Charlotte Waites will perform during the Queen of Hearts Ball at 7:00.

Monday, December 3, 2012

GEM for Christmas

The Christmas season is here! Let's celebrate with the brilliance of oboes and flutes in Bach's cantata, "Now Come, Savior"! Let's relish in the warmth of strings in Buxtehude's cantata, "The New Born Child." Listen as we raise our voices high with jubilant carols. This will be a concert unlike any other this Christmas!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Calendar update

Our next concert will be Dec. 14, 2012 at 7:30 in the Leak Chapel of West Market Street United Methodist Church. We look forward to celebrating Christmas with baroque oboes and baroque flutes in addition to our usual strings and voices!

And then, something new is happening in 2013! GEM has been invited to participate in Greensboro's Twelfth Night event! We will be garbed in Renaissance costumes to perform on Saturday, January 12, 2013 from 2:00-3:30pm at the Elm Street Center. Come enjoy a recreation of the court of Henry VIII with costumes, food, music and dancing!

Our spring concert date has changed to Friday, April 19, 2013, 7:30pm.

Please look for our new videos on youtube from our Moravian concert in October!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

GEM Chorus directed by James Bates:

Margie Baker, Tandy Brown, David Clark, William Markham, Joann Martinson, 
Michelle Miller, William Snedden, Laura Worst, Claire Wright

Allison Willet, Andy Bonner, violins
Charlie Rasmussen, cello
Kelly Nivison-Roudabush, flute
James Bates, William Snedden, harpsichord

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Moravian Music and More!

Last spring, a very studious girl scout and her mother approached me with an idea. Caroline and Lydian Averitt are Moravian and wanted to start a project in which music by Moravian composers was brought to a larger audience. The idea was that Caroline would research Moravian composers from the Baroque era who had music at the Moravian Music Foundation, located in Winston-Salem, NC. And then Greensboro Early Music could perform the music on original instruments.

So far the plan is coming together splendidly! I was able to visit the foundation and meet it's director, Nola Knouse. Nola was wonderful in leading us through the incredible archives there. We did indeed find 2 pieces to perform on our October concert: a string quintet by Johann Friederick Peter and a string trio by Johann Daniel Grimm. Susan Bates, GEM's harpsichordist extraordinaire, will also perform a prelude for harpsichord by Christian Ignatius Latrobe. 

On October 5 at 7:30, you will get to hear a short lecture by Caroline beforehand, as well as enjoy a reception afterwards. I look forward to seeing you there!