Collegium Musicum to play nostalgic concert

Sunday, October 12, 2003

Kansas University's Instrumental Collegium Musicum will present "Another Place and Time: Nostalgic Music from All Over" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Swarthout Recital Hall.

The concert will feature music from Bohemia, Slovenia, England, Austria and China. Guest performers will include pipa-player Yi-Fang Ko and the Shawnee Mission East High School Chamber Singers, directed by Tracy Resseguie.

The idea for the concert came from Anne Tempel, a recorder player in the ensemble who visited Bohemia (now the Czech Republic) twice in the past year and returned this summer with several pieces that will be performed at the upcoming show. These include four Renaissance dances and four motets from the late Middle Ages and early Renaissance. The motets are unusual religious works in which each part carries a different text.

The program also includes a trio sonata by the Bohemian composer Jan Dismas Zelenka (1679-1745), a contemporary of J. S. Bach who spent the majority of his career in Germany. Another set is two pieces from the "Moralia" of Slovenian composer Jacob Handl (1550-1591), madrigal-like pieces with Latin texts bearing advice to live by. The English pieces include famous selections from George Frideric Handel's "Messiah," which evoke nostalgia in many listeners. These excerpts will be sung by soloists and the Chamber Singers but accompanied by a quintet of instruments, a performance in the spirit of oratorio renditions in the Baroque period with smaller forces.

The final set of the concert is a contrast of musical nostalgia from China and Austria, as Yi-Fang Ko and the full forces of the Instrumental Collegium Musicum perform selections in which great cities from these countries are remembered.

The Instrumental Collegium Musicum includes: recorder players Mark Harries, William Harvill, Abby Huckvale, Roberta Freund Schwartz, Conja Summerlin and Anne Tempel; viol player Carol Mitchell; baroque violinists Christine Anderson and Maddie Kapp; harpsichordist Geoffrey Ward; mezzo-sopranos Katrina Mitchell and S'ng Oh; and tenor Hugo Vera.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Paul Laird at 864-9716 or