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Chamber Singers Present 14th to 17th Century Pieces

KEENE, N.H., (10/22/08) - The Keene State College Chamber Singers will perform a fall concert of early choral music on Sunday, November 16, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and younger. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168.

Conducted by KSC music faculty member Elaine Broad Ginsberg, the KSC Chamber Singers will present a delightful program of music from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries, including a number of lively Renaissance madrigals and several stunning examples of early choral music. Excerpts from the Messe de Nostre Dame by Guillaume de Machaut (14th c.) and Lament on the Death of Ockeghem by Josquin (15th c.) will be sung. Other composers featured will be Thomas Morley, Thomas Weelkes, John Wilbye, Giacomo Carissimi, and Alessandro Scarlatti. The 33-member ensemble includes several small chamber groups. Keene State artist-in-residence George Loring will accompany the singers during some of the selections.

Ginsberg is a lecturer in the music department at Keene State, teaching courses in music theory and ear training. She conducts the Hampshire College Chorus in Massachusetts and was previously the Jewish-community music director in the Springfield, Mass., area. Her compositions have been performed at the St. Moritz International Choral Festival in Switzerland, Merkin Hall and the 92nd Street Y in New York City, the American Conference of Cantors Convention, and the International Trombonists’ Workshop. She has received the Guild of Temple Musicians Young Composers Award, and several of her choral compositions have been published by Transcontinental Music.

Loring frequently performs throughout New England as a soloist, collaborative artist, and chamber musician. He has performed in Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Hawaii, and on New Hampshire public radio and television.

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