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

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’s members are Rosamund Morley, treble viol; Lawrence Lipnik, tenor viol; Beverly Au, bass viol; with guest Mary Springfels, bass viol. The viol quartet has been featured in prestigious festivals and series as wide-ranging as Music Before 1800, the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik, 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.

Their Academy program features works by William Byrd, Tobias Hume, Anthony Holborne, and John Dowland. Parthenia’s recordings include As it Fell on a Holie Eve – Music for an Elizabethan Christmas, with soprano Julianne Baird, and Les Amours de Mai, with Ms. Baird and violinist Robert Mealy, as well as A Reliquary for William Blake, Within the Labyrinth, and The Flaming Fire, with countertenor Ryland Angel and virginal player Dongsok Shin.

  • “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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