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February 8, 2019

Concerts at Half-Past Twelve Opens Spring 2019 Season With Ensemble Luini

Ensemble Luini

St. Francis College's Concerts at Half-Past Twelve series returns for the Spring 2019 Season with Ensemble Luini, featuring renaissance music from Josquin Desperz to John Dowland, on February 11th from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Founders Hall.

For 19 years, Concerts at Half Past Twelve has featured an amazing variety of internationally known musicians and dancers performing dozens of shows; from brass ensembles to organ music, bluegrass to Broadway tunes.

"The spring 2019 season features a wide range of classical artists from New York City and beyond," said Suzanne Forsberg, chair of the SFC Department of Foreign Languages, Fine Arts, and International Cultural Studies. "The entire Brooklyn community, especially those in Brooklyn Heights, are welcome to attend the concerts to hear music of master composers of the Renaissance, the Baroque, the Romantic era, and beyond."

The Ensemble Luini concert on February 11th features Philip Anderson (tenor), Rebecca Pechefsky (virginal), Gregory Bynum (recorder), Christopher Morrongiello (lute), and Erik Ryding (lute).

About the Artists:

Tenor Philip Anderson recently toured the world in the Philip Glass Opera Einstein on the Beach. On Sunday mornings, he sings as the lead at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola in New York City, where he also serves as the parish cantor.

Recorder Gregory Bynum, an Associate Professor in the School of Education at SUNY New Paltz, is the recipient of several fellowships to study in England at the Amherst Early Music Festival in Massachusetts, where he worked with Marion Verbruggen, Han Tol, and Mattias Weilenman.

Lutenist Christopher Morrongiello, a former British Marshall Scholar, is a critically-acclaimed musician with countless performances throughout Europe and the United States. A 1993 Prizewinner in the BBC Radio Two Young Musicians of the Year Competition, Morrongiello is currently a Professor of Music History at Hofstra University and directs the New York-based Bacheler Consort.

Harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky is a well-known musician and member of Brooklyn Baroque. She has performed in such venues as Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall, Merkin Hall, and the 18th-century Morris-Jumel Mansion.

Lutenist Erik Ryding began playing in his late teens, participating in master classes with Eugen Dombois in the Netherlands and later studying in Basel, Switzerland with Anthony Bailes. In 2016, he played in an ensemble of 20 lutes led by Paul O'Dette and including Nigel North, Ronn McFarlane, Robert Barto, Christopher Morrongiello, and other lute masters.

Upcoming Concerts:

Monday, March 25 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Founders Hall

Golden Age of Dresden in the Baroque

Repast Baroque Ensemble

Monday, April 8 | 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Founders Hall

Compositions from Beethoven to Debussy and Poulenc

Four Hands, One Piano: Zelma Bodzin and Marioara Trifan

For more information about Concerts at Half-Past Twelve, email Dr. Suzanne Forsberg at [email protected].

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