Alison Crum, one of the best known British exponents of the viol, and Roy Marks, who teaches, performs and composes music for period instruments, are among the Rio Rico instructors who will perform at the ASA.
Alison Crum, one of the best known British exponents of the viol, and Roy Marks, who teaches, performs and composes music for period instruments, are among the Rio Rico instructors who will perform at the ASA.

Tucson has emerged as one of America’s prime cities for early music. Besides being the venue for the Arizona Early Music Society’s presentations of world-class period ensembles at St. Philip’s in the Hills (www.azearlymusic.org), it can boast of having large and active chapters of the American Recorder Society (mason701.info) and the Viola da Gamba Society of America (http://home.comcast.net/~cimfu/).

Every year, the later organization hosts a player’s workshop in Rio Rico attracting students nationwide and an international slate of instructors and coaches. Serendipitously, Arizona Senior Academy member Fritz Reinagel, a regular attendee of this workshop, has arranged for its faculty members to extend their stay in Tucson so as to present a concert featuring the viola da gamba instrument family on Tuesday (Oct. 27), beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The “Viols in the Desert Consort” will present a program of renaissance and early baroque period music comprising a variety of composers and styles. Since this year is the 450th Anniversary of the birth of William Byrd, known for some intriguing rhythms in his compositions, his music will be especially featured.

Also included in the program will be a work showcasing the Academy’s Eric Herz harpsichord. Ensemble members are Alison Crum and Roy Marks, both from the United Kingdom, Larry Lipnik from NYC, Julie Jeffrey from California, and Joanna Blendulf, a native of Sweden.

Written by Fred Reinagel, Academy Village Volunteer

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World-class Performers Offer Early Music at its Best: October 2015