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ABENDMUSIK: New York’s Period Instrument String Band


Church of St. Luke in the Fields
487 Hudson Street New York
United States
Friday, May 31, 2019

Lawes and Jenkyns Guard Thy Rest* Part II

Time:              8 pm

Tickets:           $20 general and $10 Students and Seniors

                        Available online at https://gemsny.org/events/abendmusik

OR by calling 212-866-0468

OR at the door.


The Age of the Industrial Revolution is defined as a time in which society looked toward the future and rejected the past. At the same time, the Arts & Crafts movement was started by a group of decorative artists, led by William Morris, who rejected the artistic endeavors of the age and looked toward the past for creative inspiration. The leaders of this movement encouraged Arnold Dolmetsch to pursue his interest in reviving instruments and repertoire from the 17th century. Dolmetsch's connection to the British Library lent him access to extant manuscripts including those attributed to Henry VIII as well the compositions of John Jenkins and William Lawes, among others. Abendmusik continues their exploration of Lawes and Jenkins, the two great masters of English consort repertoire; and Arnold Dolmetsch who moved Ezra Pound to exclaim, "Lawes and Jenkyns guard thy rest, Dolmetsch ever be thy guest."*

*Ezra Pound, Canto LXXXI


Vita Wallace, baroque violin

Claire Smith, baroque violin

Lawrence Lipnik, viola da gamba

Rosamund Morley, viola da gamba

Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba

Patricia Ann Neely, viola da gamba

About the Ensemble:

The members of Abendmusik individually and jointly represent some of the most experienced professional string specialists in historical performance; musicians who have made the rare commitment to devote 100% of their professional lives researching and performing this highly specialized repertoire. As a result, the ensemble delivers performances that represent, as closely as possible, current historical perspective, as well performances that display passion and sensitivity, and are carefully sculpted and technically solid. Members of the ensemble have appeared with the Smithson Quartet, The Smithsonian Chamber Orchestra, Amor Artis, the American Classical Orchestra, Concert Royal, REBEL, Early Music New York, Sinfonia, the New York Classical Quartet, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, the Washington Bach Consort, Glimmerglass Opera, New York City Opera, the Boston Camerata, Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, The Newberry Consort, The New York Consort of Viols, Piffaro, Sequentia, Parthenia, My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, the Waverly Consort, and Les Arts Florissants.

Concerts are made possible by the fiscal sponsorship and administrative services of Gotham Early Music Scene, Inc., the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and LMCC New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.