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Collegium Musicum Celebrates Early Period Music

BOONE — The Hayes School of Music presents the music ensemble Collegium Musicum, directed by Alicia Chapman and featuring guest dancer Ashley Brooks on Friday, Nov. 5.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Hayes School of Music at (828) 262-3020.

Collegium Musicum is a student ensemble that performs music from the 17th and 18th centuries. According to Chapman, the concert will offer “the scale of expression from the pastoral sounds of Baroque flutes, colorful voices, the hunting horn, and elegant Baroque dance (choreographed by Regina James), to the contrast of modern and old instruments.”

Selections to be performed include pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frances Cutting, Marin Marais, Jean-Baptist Lully and Georg Friedrich Handel.

Students in Collegium Musicum perform on replicas of period instruments such as Baroque flutes, natural horns, violins, violas and cellos with gut strings. The sound produced from such instruments is softer with more varied tone colors, compared to their modern descendents, and meant for a smaller, more intimate setting.

The concert will be performed with on-stage seating for the audience.

Chapman has been a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty as an instructor of oboe since January 2001. Touring as a chamber musician, she has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the Mexico City Philharmonic. Chapman’s education includes a bachelor’s degree and master of music degree from the Mannes College of Music.

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