Spencer Consort opens summer season June 8

Sunday, June 1, 2003

The Spencer Consort will play its first summer concert at 2:30 p.m. June 8 in the Central Court at the Spencer Museum of Art.

The performance, titled "The Flutes of Summer," includes baroque pieces for one, two and three baroque flutes and basso continuo. On the program are works by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759), Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1682-1755), Pierre-Danican Philidor (1681-1731), Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda (1745-1814) and Johannes Ciconia (c 1355-1411).

The Spencer Consort, which presents two concerts each season in Lawrence and surrounding cities, performs on period instruments such as those in use during the 18th century. The flute was a popular instrument for amateurs during that era, and composers produced a great deal of music for the instrument.

Musicians involved in the concert include: Joy Laird, a baroque flutist with a private teaching studio in Lawrence; baroque flutist John Boulton, Kansas University professor emeritus of flute; his student, Anne Tempel, an undergraduate flutist and recorder player at KU; Elizabeth Egbert Berghout, assistant professor of organ and KU carilloneur; and baroque cellist Paul Laird, KU associate professor of musicology.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 865-5946.