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Classical music: The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble teams up with the new Madison Youth Viol Consort for a concert on Saturday night. Plus a FREE organ recital is Friday night | April 19, 2018

ALERT: On this Friday night at 7 p.m. in Grace Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue, on the Capitol Square, Grace Presents is offering a FREE organ recital by Jackson Borges of Delaware. Sorry, no word on composers or pieces.

By Jacob Stockinger

The Ear has received the following announcement to post:

The Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble (below) invites you to a concert of baroque chamber music, featuring the Madison Youth Viol Consort.

The concert is this Saturday night, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church (below), 1833 Regent Street, Madison

Tickets at the door only are $20 ($10 for students). For more information, go to

A reception will be held after the concert at 2422 Kendall Ave., second floor.

Regular members of the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble are Mimmi Fulmer, soprano; Brett Lipshutz, traverse flute; Eric Miller, viola da gamba; Sigrun Paust, recorder; Charlie Rasmussen, baroque cello; Consuelo Sañudo, mezzo-soprano; Monica Steger, traverse flute, harpsichord and recorder; Anton TenWolde, baroque cello; and Max Yount, harpsichord.

The Madison Youth Viol Consort (MYVC) is the brain child of Eric Miller (below, in a photo by Katrin Talbot) and is a part of the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s nationwide Consort Loan Program.

The mission of the MYVC is two-fold: 1. To introduce the viola da gamba, its repertoire and historically informed playing techniques to young musicians in Madison, grades 8-12 through an artistic chamber music experience; and 2. To increase community awareness in Madison of the Viola da Gamba and its repertoire.

The MYVC currently has five instruments on loan: two bass viols, a tenor viol, and two treble viols. Current members are all accomplished student musicians in grades 8-12 from the Madison area: Charles Deck, Mateo Guaio, Nathaniel Johnson, Anika Olson, and Miriam Syvertsen.

The MYVC will be performing two pieces from the English consort song tradition along with WBE’s vocalists, Consuelo Sanudo and Mimmi Fulmer. “Come to me, grief, for ever” by William Byrd, and “The Silver Swan” by Orlando Gibbons.

As for the WBE, they say: “Playing on period instruments from original notation, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble brings the sound and character of the 17th and 18th centuries to life, often shedding light upon lesser known compositions and composers.”

Here is the complete program:

Antonio Vivaldi  – “Cento donzelle festose e belle” (A hundred maidens, cheerful and fair)

Georg Philipp Telemann – Fantasia No. 3 for viola da gamba, TWV 40:28 (1735)

Giuseppe Ferdinando Brivio – Trio Sonata for two traversi and basso continuo, Op. 2, No. 4

Unico van Wassenaer – Sonata No. 3 for recorder and basso continuo (ca. 1714)

William Byrd – “Come to me, Grief, forever”

Orlando Gibbons – “The Silver Swan”


Luigi Boccherini – Sonata No. 3 for the violoncello, G5

Giovanni Ghizzolo – “Perche piangi, Pastore?” (Why do you weep, shepherd); “Qual di nova bellezza” (As of new beauty..);

Adriano Banchiero – Magnificat (1613)

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair – Duo for traversi without bass

Georg Philipp Telemann – Quartet, TWV 43:G10 (in YouTube video below)

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  1. How can an adult get involved with playing viol in Madison?

    I’m a violinist (retired from performing but teaching here in Baraboo, and have some background in viol.

    Thanks ,

    Linda Meadowcroft

    On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 12:00 AM, The Well-Tempered Ear wrote:

    > welltemperedear posted: “ALERT: On this Friday night at 7 p.m. in Grace > Episcopal Church, 116 West Washington Avenue > , > on the Capitol Square, Grace Presents is offering a FREE organ recital by > Jackson Borges of Delaware. Sorry, no word on composers or pieces. By Jacob > Stockinge” >

    Comment by Linda Meadowcroft — April 19, 2018 @ 9:31 am

    • I have no firsthand experience but suggest you:

      1) go to this concert and meet some people. Tell them of your needs. The story above mentions someone in particular who sounds like someone you should meet: Eric Miller

      2) Go to It is a website devoted to viola da gamba.

      3) The above has some mailing lists online that might interest and help you:

      “Yahoo group
      Purpose: A mailing list devoted to the appreciation of the viola da gamba and its music. If you are a player, student, builder, dealer, or just plain enthusiast of the viola da gamba, we welcome you.
      List owner contact:
      To subscribe: send an email with the following in the body
      Replace “” with your email address. Send the message to:
      An older list, the “Sandwich” list, was closed on August 8 2014.

      Facebook is a wonderful resource to connect with other viol players! There are two open groups you can join:

      The VdGSA group
      The VdGSA Young Players Group

      both of which can connect you to the goings-on of viol players near and far, as well as keep you appraised of important concerts, workshops, events, etc. in the greater viol community. Also feel free to “like” the VdGSA on Facebook for updates from the Society!”


      It should be relatively easy. Good luck!

      Comment by fflambeau — April 20, 2018 @ 12:12 am

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