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English Renaissance Music at Somerville Museum
The third concert in the Early Music Afternoons series takes place on Sunday, January 27 at 3:30 pm in the intimate galleries of the Somerville Museum.
Countertenor and cornetto player Michael Collver joins the El Dorado Ensemble -- Carol Lewis, Janet Haas, Mai-Lan Broekman, Paul Johnson and Alice Mroszczyk, violas da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute and cittern -- for "Music Divine," a celebration of English renaissance music. The concert features madrigals, fantasias, dancesand ballad tunes by Ward, Cutting, Weelkes, Tomkins, Gibbons and others.
Michael Collver received his training at San Diego State University and the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis (Switzerland), specializing in early vocal techniques and cornetto. Collaboration with the Schola has continued since then with residencies involving special projects, recordings, books, and research publications. Mr. Collver is a founding member of Project Ars Nova and has toured extensively in Europe and the US with this ensemble as well as releasing six CD's under the New Albion and Telarc International labels. Collver has also been a soloist with Sequentia, the Empire Brass Quintet, Tafelmusik, Boston Baroque and the Boston Camerata. As an oratorio soloist he has performed with orchestras ranging from Aston Magna to the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
More About Somerville Museum
Its origins date back to the 1920s when the building housed the Somerville Historical Society's art collections, but this location officially became the Somerville Museum in 1988 after generous donations allowed for renovations.
The Somerville Museum is the only community-based and member-supported institution of it's kind in Somerville. Not unlike the Somerville Open Studios (SOS) project, which the museum participates in every year, the space is designed to be a reflection of this community's diversity. Exhibits range from work by local visual artists to historical presentations in a community context and coolaborative efforts with the Somerville Public Schools.
Additionally, the museum serves as a meeting place for cultural organizations and has hosted musical performances.
Somerville Museum encourages people to bring their creative/research ideas to the table for possible exhibit, even if they have no prior experience curating for museums. Please visit the Community Curatorial Program page of the museum's website for more information.