The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, November 19, 1999


Concert Review: Ellen Hargis, soprano and Paul O'Dette, lute Presented by Cambridge Early Music Society at the First Religious Society

The first of four Early Music Concerts began its 19th season in style. Because of a Christmas sale going on in Union Hall, this concert was held upstairs in the candlelit church sanctuary. As Early Music Society President James S. Nicolson's introductory remarks noted, "This was a good omen and a great pleasure to start off the season in such an elevated environment."

To the more than 85 people who filled the pews, this was a concert of the highest quality. Hargis and O'Dette performed songs of 16th-and 17th-century England, France and Italy. Of special note were those of English composer John Dowland.

Paul O'Dette's mastery of the lute and the chitarrone (bass lute), along with his explanation of technique was an added pleasure.

At the end of the concert, following a hearty round of applause, Hargis and O'Dette returned to offer a 20th-century encore, "My Funny Valentine" by Rodgers and Hart, from the 1950s musical Pal Joey. It was a gem, sung with delicacy and feeling, proving the artists gifted, no matter from which century the music had come.

The public gathered below in Union Hall, following the concert, for refreshments and an opportunity to talk with the performers.

The second Early Music concert, featuring Fortune's Wheel, voice, vielle and harp, will be held January 6, in Union Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito