Ensemble Chaconne to perform at ISU Oct. 8

September 30 2008

TERRE Haute, Ind. -- The Ensemble Chaconne, performing music of Shakespearean plays, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Recital Hall of Indiana State University's Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

The Ensemble, performing in conjunction with Indiana State's Joseph S. Schick Lecture Series, is known for it concerts of Renaissance and Baroque music using period instruments. Members of the Ensemble are Olav Chris Heniksen, lute and early guitar; Carol Lewis, viola de gamba and Peter H. Bloom, Renaissance and Baroque flute.

In "Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare's Plays," they are joined by mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal. The concert showcases Dellal's versatility in a variety of numbers from Shakespeare's plays, ranging from love songs, comedic moments to madness and tragedy. Commentary is woven throughout the program, providing historical, dramatic and literary contexts for the music.

Among the many selections performed in "Measure for Measure" are "The Willows Song," sung by Desdemona before her murder in "Othello;" "It was a Lover and His Lasse," from "As You Like It;" "O Mistress Mine" from "Twelfth Night;""Hark, Hark! The Lark," from "Cymbeline:" "Full Fathom Five," from "The Tempest;" "Greensleeves," from "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and three numbers from the play "MacBeth."

In conjunction with the performance, the Ensemble will present a lecture-demonstration for music department students, titled "As They Liked It: Musical Instruments and Performance Styles of Shakespeare's Time."

Celebrating its 23rd season, Ensemble Chaconne tours widely, appearing at venues such as Atlanta's Spivey Hall, Boston's Jordan Hall and performing at the Royal Shakespeare Company's residency project at Davidson College. The Ensemble's performance of Shakespeare-era music can also be heard on an American Musicworks CD with the same name.

Admission to the performance, sponsored by the English and music departments and the College of Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Keith Byerman, English department, at (812) 237-3208 or Randy Mitchell, music department at (812) 237-2771.

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The Ensemble Chaconne features Olav Chris Henriksen, Renaissance lute and Carol Lewis, viola da gamba. Second row: mezzo-soprano Pamela Dellal, guest artist, and Peter H. Bloom, Renaissance flute. Photo by Matt Samolis.

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WRITER: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783, pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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The Ensemble Chaconne, performing music of Shakespearean plays, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Recital Hall of Indiana State University's Center for Performing and Fine Arts.

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