World-renowned tenor Mark Bleeke joins the instrumentalists of the Folger Consort in music from Switzerland and other central European spots. Songs about courtly love and the benefits of Alpine herbs are on the program, along with lively music for medieval fiddle, viol, violin, recorders, lute, citole, harp, cowbells, hackbrett, trombone, bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy, Renaissance winds, and percussion, played by Robert Eisenstein, Christopher Kendall, Scott Reiss, Tina Chancey, and Tom Zajac.
Produced with the generous support of Ricola, USA Inc.
Founded in 1977, The Folger Consort is ensemble-in-residence at The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC. Its founding members are Robert Eisenstein (medieval fiddle, viol, violin, recorder), Christopher Kendall (lute, citole, harp), and Scott Reiss (recorders, hackbrett, percussion); Tina Chancey (medieval fiddle, viol, violin, recorders) joined the ensemble as performing member in 1996. Mark Bleeke and Tom Zajac perform with The Folger Consort frequently.
Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. Home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for research material from the early modern period (1500–1750), Folger Shakespeare Library is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K–12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs.
Michael Witmore, Director, Folger Shakespeare Library
Janet Griffin, Executive Producer, Folger Consort
Donnajean Ward, Manager, Folger Consort
Curt Wittig, Recording and editing engineer
Jeanne Krohn, Graphic Design
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