Concerts

Annual concerts featuring viola da gamba, lutes and early guitars

2019-2020 Season:

Sunday, November 3, 2019, 3pm: The Venice of the North

17th-century music from the Netherlands, with works by Schench, fresnau, Schop, Vallet, Sweelinck and others. Performed by Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lutes and theorbo)

Sunday, December 1, 2019, 3pm: An American Guitar Album

From the parlor to the arch top guitar, with music by U.S. guitarists de Goni, Holland, the Bickfords, Ka’ai, Lucas, Lang and others. Performed by Olav Chris Henriksen, guitars.

Sunday, January 12, 2020, 3pm: La Cetra (The Lyre)

Music of the Italian Baroque, including works by Castello, Legrenzi, Vivalvi, Brescianello and Rognoni. Performed by Aldo Abreu, recorder, with Duo Maresienne (Carol Lewis, viola da gamba; Olav Chris Henriksen, lute, theorbo and baroque guitar).

Sunday, March 8, 2020, 3pm: Grand Ballet de Cour

French renaissance music from the court of Louis XIII. Works by Moulinié, Boesset, Mesangeau, Guédron and du Caurroy. Performed by mezzo-soprano Carrie Cheron with El Dorado Ensemble (5 viols and lute).

Sunday, May 17, 2020, 3pm: A Masque of Characters

Court entertainment for James I and Queen Anne, with music by Dowland, Lanier, Bartlet, R. Johneon and others. Performed by mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal with Duo Maresienne (viol and lute).

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Reviews of the Duo Maresienne

“The Sarabande was a special highlight, beautiful and stately; Lewis’s many double stops were silken, and her “bridges” between phrases (almost miniature cadenzas), whether indicated on the printed page or not, sounded like spontaneous ornamentation by an inspired player.”

THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

“In Carol Lewis’s capable hands, phrasing evolved with perfect naturalness, intricate ornaments an integral part of beautifully shaped melodic lines.”

THE BOSTON MUSICAL INTELLIGENCER

“Duo Maresienne lavished great skill and enthusiasm… a wealth of prismatic, keenly-phrased playing of instruments once thought to be worthy, historic and dull.”

THE BOSTON GLOBE

“Lutenist Olav Chris Henriksen stretched the lines in the well-known second movement to offer a great fluidity to the work. THE LINCOLN JOURNAL STAR (LINCOLN, NE)

“We were treated to a display of dazzling technical virtuosity and passionate playing of gut-gripping intensity that held the audience frozen still in its seats. The ensemble between Carol Lewis (who really did make the viol sing) and Olav Chris Henriksen was perfect – and had the polish of long practice.”

EARLY MUSIC REVIEW, ENGLAND

“For her part, the gambist Carol Lewis offered us a brilliant demonstration of her instrument. Her technique and her musicality, her breathtaking dexterity transported us, in Marin Marais’ Grand Ballet, to a distant time, where music was not noise but elegance and discretion… The[theorbo’s] subtle sonority, its nuances full of finesse found in Henriksen an ideal interpreter.”

CENTRE PRESSE, POITIERS, FRANCE

“Olav Chris Henriksen’s mastery of the archlute was illustrated in Saracini’s Toccata seconda… Hen- riksen’s solos on the Baroque guitar on Giovanni Battista Granata’s three dances were exemplary.”

KANSAS CITY STAR

“Henriksen’s technical and musical accomplishments in the solos, as well as in the ensemble pieces, were remarkable. The listeners witnessed a performance which was perfectly transparent in tone and consistently correct in style.”

BASELLANDSCHAFTLICHE ZEITUNG, SWITZERLAND

“Particularly noteworthy (was) the wonderful soprano gamba work by Jordi Savall and Carol Lewis… “Ludi Musici from Germany” (composed by Samuel Scheidt in the early seventeenth century) was gorgeous, suggesting burgundy shadows of melancholy and included imitation between gambas that finally burst into a joyful chorus in “Galliard Battaglia XXI.”

STYLUS FINE ARTS ONLINE NEW ENGLAND ARTS REVIEWS

“Henriksen performed a wonderful virtuosic division on “Suzanne un jour.” Carol Lewis’ ornaments on the top line were lively and entertaining throughout.”

NEWSLETTER OF THE VIOLA DA GAMBA SOCIETY-NEW ENGLAND

“There were some wonderfully vivid performances such as… the brilliantly florid playing of gambist Carol Lewis.”

THE BOSTON HERALD

“I was impressed by Henriksen’s powerful and vibrant technique. He seems to get a lot more volume out of his instrument than most players, but without sacrificing tone.

LUTE SOCIETY OF AMERICA QUARTERLY

“Guitarist Olav Chris Henriksen played with panache, especially in “Cumba”, a transcription of an African dance.”

THE BOSTON GLOBE