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Concert features performance on Renaissance and Baroque era viola da gamba

BOONE—A Feb. 27 recital at Appalachian State University will feature the Renaissance and Baroque era instrument known as the viola da gamba.

The performance begins at 6 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s recital hall. It will feature Eric Koontz from the Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music and guest performers Alison Crum, Roy Marks, Carol March and Gail Schroeder. Alicia Chapman will play the Baroque flute.

They will play compositions by William Byrd, Giovanni Coprario, Josquin Desprez, Orlando Gibbons, Marin Marais and Georg Philipp Telemann.

“The viola da gamba is a six-stringed, bowed instrument that dates from the 15th century,” Koontz explained. “Its repertoire is primarily from the Renaissance and Baroque eras. There are several sizes and shapes of the viola da gamba, or viol as it is called in English. Three that will be played in the concert will be the treble, tenor and bass viols.

March, who is a Baroque and Renaissance dance specialist, will also present a dance workshop on Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. in Varsity Gym Room 208 and is open to the public.

Chapman joined the music faculty at Appalachian in January 2001. She teaches oboe, is the director of the Collegium Musicum, a student early music class and ensemble, and is coordinator of Woodwind Chamber Music. She is a founding member of Harmonia Baroque, Appalachian’s resident professional early music ensemble that performs on instruments from the Baroque era.

Chapman is principal oboist with the Harrisburg (Penn.) and Asheville symphonies and plays English horn with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. She has been principal oboist of the Heritage Chamber Orchestra, the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra, and the Bridgeport Symphony.

She has recorded with New York Philomusica, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, and New York Kammermusiker, and has toured internationally as a chamber musician, performing in festivals in Prague, Dresden, and Salzburg.

Crum has earned world renown as a viol player and teacher. She has made more than 80 recordings mostly with the Consort of Musicke, the Dowland Consort, Musica Antiqua of London and the Rose Consort of Viols. She also has been featured as a soloist on recordings of Marais, Bach, and of virtuoso Italian music from the 16th century.

She is president of the Viola da Gamba Society of Great Britain and professor of viol at Trinity College of Music in London.

Koontz, a native of Asheville, has studied the viola with such renowned mentors as Donald McInnes, Msao Kawasaki, Scott Rawls, Hatto Beyerle and Jesse Levine.

He graduated from Yale University in 1989 with two master of music degrees, and subsequently led the viola section of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra for 13 years, after which he served as solo viola of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel.

He has participated in many symphonic and chamber recordings for major U.S. labels, as well as several European recording companies. Upon returning to the United States to study for the doctorate of musical arts, he studied viola da gamba with Marsh and has worked with Crum.

Marks studied at The Royal Academy in London and for many years taught painting and drawing in adult education. In his mid 30s, he was inspired by hearing a recorder played well for the first time. He bought an instrument and stopped painting entirely. A few years later, he discovered the viol and was similarly smitten. He also learned to play the lute.

Marks is a member of several ensembles, both chamber and orchestral, and enjoys coaching on various workshops for recorders, viols and voices throughout the year.

As well as teaching and performing, he composes original music for period instruments, some of which has been published and recorded.

Marsh is recently retired from UNC Greensboro’s School of Music where she taught music history and viola da gamba and was director of the Collegium Musicum.

She has been on the faculty at a number of early music workshops in North America and Europe, teaching both viol and Renaissance notation. An internationally recognized authority on Baroque dance, she has published extensively in this field and has lectured and given dance workshops at numerous universities in the United States and abroad.

In spring 1998, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Salzburg.

Schroeder graduated in 1980 from the University of Michigan with a bachelor of music degree in music history. She furthered her performance studies on the viola da gamba at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, where she obtained the First Prize in 1983 and the Higher Diploma, with distinction, in 1986.

She has performed extensively as soloist and with various ensembles including the Huelgas Ensemble, Capilla Flamenca, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam and the Leipzig Barokorchester.

From 1988-2002 she was assistant to Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels where she taught viola da gamba, didactics of viola da gamba and was director of the viol consort.

Currently living in North Carolina, she teaches privately and freelances on viola da gamba and lirone.

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