The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 30, 2009


Music Review - Chamber Music by Candlelight, kicks off new season

On Thursday evening, October 22, the Cambridge Society for Early Music offered one of the best concerts I have attended in our community over the past many years. The six musicians who make up La Donna Musicale were top-notch and exceptional in bringing to life the music of Venetian female composers of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Director Laury Gutiérrez was welcoming and articulate in guiding the audience into an understanding of the music, performed by this ensemble of women on period instruments. The singers who accompanied the group, soprano Teresa Wakim, tenor Zachary Wilder and baritone Jason Steigerwalt, were also first-rate in interpreting the Latin, Italian, and French texts. This two-hour concert, held in the Carlisle Congregational Church, was over much too quickly, leaving the audience immersed in old Venice.

After a hearty round of applause, concert-goers gathered across the hall for refreshments. There they met with the musicians, discussed the concert and the instruments and got reacquainted with Carlisle friends.

The next CSEM concert will feature the Carthage Consort of Viols: music from the court of Henry VIII on Thursday, January 14, at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society. The third and final concert of the season will be baroque music of Scotland and Maritime Canada, with flautist Chris Norman and violinist David Greenberg, on Thursday, February 25 at 8 p.m. at the First Religious Society.

This is the CSEM’s 29th season; how fortunate we are in Carlisle to have easy access to such fine performers and their music. ∆

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