The Voice of the Viol: All in a Garden Green

Bloomfield Hills
Friday, February 1, 8 PM

Ann Arbor
Saturday, February 2, 8 PM


Pre-Concert Lecture starts at 7:15pm

The viol quartet PARTHENIA brings early music into the present with its repertoire that animates ancient and fresh-commissioned contemporary works with a ravishing sound and a remarkable sense of ensemble. These “local early-music stars,” hailed by The New Yorker and music critics throughout the world, are “one of the brightest lights in New York’s early-music scene.” Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world’s foremost early music specialists. The quartet has been featured in prestigious festivals and series as wide- ranging as Music Before 1800, the Harriman-Jewell Series, Maverick Concerts, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, the Shalin Lui Performing Arts Center, the Pierpont Morgan Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale Center for British Art, Columbia University’s Miller Theatre, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. Parthenia’s performances range from its popular touring program, When Music & Sweet Poetry Agree, a celebration of Elizabethan poetry and music with actor Paul Hecht, to the complete viol fantasies of Henry Purcell, as well as the complete instrumental works of Robert Parsons, and commissions and premieres of new works annually. Parthenia has recorded As it Fell on a Holie Eve – Music for an Elizabethan Christmas, with soprano Julianne Baird, Les Amours de Mai, with Ms. Baird and violinist Robert Mealy, A Reliquary for William Blake, Within the Labyrinth, and The Flaming Fire, with vocalist Ryland Angel and keyboard player Dongsok Shin.  Parthenia’s most recent CD release features living women composers Kristin Norderval, Frances White, and Tawnie Olson.

  • “Parthenia, a first-rate consort of viols… illuminated Purcell’s counterpoint wonderfully… [and] the group’s sound combined warmth and precision.” –The New York Times
  • “Ravishingly beautiful sound…. The playing by the Parthenia was uniformly superb.” –Boston Musical Intelligencer

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