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Outreach Concert – Elizabethan Music for the Ramaz School

Part of our mission as an early music organization is to educate young musicians on a historical approach to music making. We were excited to have the opportunity to do just that at an outreach concert for a group of 260 middle school students at the Ramaz School in March 2015. The students were involved in a school-wide project focusing on Elizabethan England. After reading Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach for their annual Book Day, the students were treated to a culminating concert of Renaissance music complete with viola da gamba, lute, and voice.

Lisa Terry introduced the viola da gamba to the students and demonstrated a sprightly piece by Richard Sumarte written in the early 17th century.
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Lutenist Charles Weaver spoke of the significance of John Dowland’s music and performed a stately Pavan by Daniel Bacheler.
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After performing the melancholy “Weep You no More, Sad Fountains” by Dowland, Ryland Angel engaged the audience in a discussion about the tenor and countertenor voice ranges and even had the students sing along to the popular tune “Come Again.”
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Our musicians were received warmly by the staff and students and the performance ended with an insightful question and answer session.

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