March 1, 4:00 Joy Theatre in the Capitol
Europe 1600-1750. Wake up to a time of lavish kings, brutal plagues, gravity discovered, religious wars waged. The intensity of human emotion and intellect rides the wave of a new musical language. We welcome to the stage the Note Bene Baroque Players, specialized musicians performing on authentic instruments – Marilyn Fung (double bass player in the WSO) on bass viola da gamba, Laura Jones on violone and Borys Medicky on harpsichord along with recorder aficionado, Katia Sherman, and in-costume dancers from the University of Windsor. Yes, IN COSTUME dancers actually dancing the Minuet and Bourree that many of you might have dabbled with on the piano. Raise your hand if you ever played the recorder…its up, right? We are taking this to a whole new level. Come and share in the sense of awe of the Baroque Period, a time perhaps even more intense than ours.
Marilyn Fung, bass viola da gamba
Marilyn Fung graduated from the Eastman School of Music, the Juilliard School, and received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She is associate principal bass with the Traverse Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Windsor Symphony, Bach Collegium Fort Wayne, Nota Bene Baroque Players, Michigan Bach Collective and a frequent performer with many other orchestras and chamber groups in southwestern Ontario, Michigan and Indiana. She has participated in the Bloomington Early Music Festival, the Grand River Baroque Festival, the Ann Arbor Academy of Early Music series, Boston Early Music Festival, Early Music Alberta and Toronto Bach Festival. She has performed with the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Pomerium, Scaramella, Dark Horse Consort, Audivi, Burning River Baroque, New Comma Baroque, Madison Bach Musicians, Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Generation Harmonique, the Bach Institute at Valparaiso University, Milwaukee’s Ensemble Musical Offering, Spire Chamber Ensemble in Kansas City, Cardinal Consort of Viols, Talisker Players in Toronto and the Waterloo-based Greensleaves, with which a CD “Polish Popular Music of the 17th Century” was released in 2009.
Laura Jones, violone
Praised for her “stately, resonant and beautifully articulated” viol playing, Laura Jones enjoys a busy and multi-faceted career on both modern and period instruments. Laura has been a member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra since 1989; as well, she is the principal cellist/gambist of the Nota Bene Baroque Players. As a chamber musician, she performs and records with both the Windermere String Quartet on Period Instruments and the Talisker Players. She played viol in the Toronto Symphony’s Canadian première of George Benjamin’s “Written on Skin,” and has lent her talents as a gambist to the Winnipeg Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and Orchestra London.
Borys Medicky, harpsichord
Borys Medicky performs widely as a harpsichord soloist and continuo player. He co-directs the Toronto Continuo Collective, an all-continuo ensemble dedicated to fostering an increased interest in the stylish basso continuo accompaniment of seventeenth-century vocal and instrumental music. From 2006-2014 he was the artistic director of the Kitchener-based Nota Bene Baroque Players. He has served as organist of the Fifth Church of Christ, Scientist in Toronto for over a decade. Recently he joined the faculty of music at Western University, where he coaches the early music studio.
Following studies in harpsichord solo performance and literature, basso continuo and Baroque performance practice, Borys received his doctoral degree from SUNY Stony Brook and was awarded the Samuel Baron Prize, given to an outstanding graduate. He is known for his strong interest in historical dance and its influence on instrumental music. In addition he carries out harpsichord maintenance and repair duties for institutions and private owners, and completed his first harpsichord-building project in the autumn of 2009. When not involved in something musical, he can usually be found engrossed in anything readable.
Kátia Sherman, soprano and alto recorders, voice flute
Kátia Sherman is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Hillsdale College, Michigan. She holds a PhD. and a M.A in Spanish from the University of Virginia, and a MM and a BM in Historical Performance from the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, where she majored in Oboe and Recorder performance. Kátia’s love of early European music provided a perfect platform from which to dive into the world of early-modern Iberian literature. While in her research she focuses on the relationship between early-modern Spanish literature and the philosophical currents it engages, in her music making she enjoys exploring the stylistic and harmonic idiosyncrasies each European culture from the Renaissance and the Baroque periods has to offer. When she is not teaching, writing, or playing, she is busy caring for her cat shelter and promoting animal welfare.
Guy Lazure is Associate Professor or history at the University of Windsor. His research and teaching interests include working on a broad study of humanists and cultural elites in Seville (Spain), from their formation as a group in the early 16th century to their rise at the court of king Philip IV in the first half of the 17th century.
Dominique Nickels is a fourth-year student at the University of Windsor who is obtaining her degree in Communication, Media, and Film and Dramatic Arts. Growing up in the small town of Ruthven, Ontario, Dominique has been trained in dance for over 7 years starting in 2010. She has competed in competitions for various styles on her elementary school and high school dance teams and has received several awards. Dominique has had the honour in assisting in teaching dance in her later years in high school and throughout University. She is ecstatic to choreograph and perform alongside 4th Wall Music as she brings back earlier period dance styles, the Minuet and the Bouree; accompanied by fellow dancer, Erin Callaghan.