Early Music Concerts 2011-2012

Early Music Concerts 2011-2012: (US) Parthenia, a Consort of Viols Concert: Night Visions (Part of Queens New Music Festival) (13 may 2012)

Contributed by Admin on May 05, 2012

Location: The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City NY, US

Parthenia, New York’s premiere viol consort, will present Night Visions - a program of new music on Sunday, May 13 – 5:30 PM at The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City. This performance will be part of the Queens New Music Festival.

Parthenia’s program will include Richard Einhorn’s Variations on La Follia for treble, tenor and 2 bass violas da gamba, composed for them in 2011. The ground bass theme known as "La Follia" has captured the imagination of composers since Renaissance times. …

It is a seductive tune that invites improvised variations ranging in emotion from tender nostalgia to bold confrontation. Vivaldi, Corelli and the viol virtuoso Marin Marais, all wrote extended sets of variations on the "Follia" for one or two players; Einhorn's set is the first-ever for a quartet of viols. The traditional key of d minor is retained for starters, but Einhorn quickly explores other keys, and even gets away from the strict 3/4 meter. Dramatic solos for each member of Parthenia add interest and excitement. Visit the composer at

Other works on the program are Max Lifchitz’ Night Voices 15, composed for Parthenia and premiered by the group in 2008, Eleonor Sandresky’s Cry Out - from Suite for String Quartet written 2003/2006, premiered in 2007 by Ethel, Nicholas Patterson’s Old Roads for viol ensemble, composed for Parthenia in 2008, and Frances White’s A flower on the farther side (2010) – supported by a Fromm Foundation grant for Parthenia.

For more information about the concert and the Festival, call 718-433-2733, or visit For MTA transportation information, visit

Parthenia, which consists of Beverly Au, Lawrence Lipnik, Rosamund Morley and Lisa Terry, has been hailed by the New Yorker as "one of the brightest lights in New York's early-music scene," is a dynamic ensemble exploring the extraordinary repertory for viols from Tudor England to the court of Versailles and beyond. Known for its remarkable sense of ensemble, Parthenia is presented in concerts across America, and produces its own lively and distinguished concert series in New York City, collaborating regularly with the world's foremost early music specialists and has been featured on radio and television and in prestigious festivals and series including Bargemusic, Music Before 1800, Maverick Concerts and the Regensburg Tage Alter Musik. They are the subject of a Fanfare Magazine online article - Visit them at

Parthenia is represented by GEMS Live! Artist Management and records for MSR Classics.

Parthenia's concert season is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Parthenia is a fiscally sponsored organization of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and is a member of Early Music America and Chamber Music America.

Visit the Parthenia, a Consort of Viols website for more information.