Saturday July 14 — 6:30pm
Hear some old-time country dance music – and we mean *real* old time. Glorious Revolution Baroque plays music, featuring selections from the ‘English Dancing Master’, a 1651 collection of fiddle tunes that one might call one of the ‘great-grandaddy’ of folk and bluegrass. Also featuring popular songs and lute music from the 17th century.
Formed in 2008, Glorious Revolution Baroque is a unique quartet of soprano, strings, and keyboard based in St. Paul, Minnesota that aspires to bring the 17th century’s rich musical expression of emotion to Minnesota audiences, presenting the full range of the period’s repertoire-from opera, cantata, and madrigal to concerti, sonatas, and suites. GRB’s artists have been praised in the press as ‘names to watch” and as a ‘major musical force.’
Soprano Carrie Henneman Shaw is known across the US for her vivid, unique performances of Baroque and contemporary classical music. Praised as a “major musical force” (St. Paul Pioneer Press), “consistently stylish” (Boston Globe), a “cool, precise soprano” (Chicago Tribune), and “startlingly moving” (Hub Review), Shaw appears with Boston Early Music Festival, the Chicago Symphony’s MusicNow series, The Newberry Consort, Haymarket Opera Company, Ensemble 61, Zeitgeist and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. She has given numerous world and U.S. premieres, most recently the premiere of Abbie Betinis’s ‘Moonlight’ for soprano and cello, a live-music-for-dance piece by Jocelyn Hagen, and the U.S. premiere of Hans Thomalla’s multi-media work ‘The Brightest Form of Absence’ for large chamber ensemble and soprano. In summer 2013, Carrie can be heard singing the role of ‘Euridice’ in Boston Early Music Festival’s production of Charpentier’s ‘La descente d’Orfée aux Enfers’. Carrie holds degrees from Lawrence University and the University of Minnesota and serves as an instructor at the national Lute Society of America conference in Cleveland. She is co-artistic director of St. Paul-based Glorious Revolution Baroque.
Julie Elhard, viola da gamba, appears regularly as a soloist and chamber musician and has made several appearances with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, including the St. Matthew Passion by Bach under the direction of Nicholas McGegan. She has been a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire in Cleveland and is a founding member of Violes Egales and Glorious Revolution Baroque. Ms Elhard was awarded a 2011 Artist’s Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She also received a Jerome Foundation grant to study vielle and early string playing with Margriet Tindemans and received a Performing Artist Certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Netherlands. She has taught at workshops in North America and at the Viola da Gamba Society of America’s national Conclaves. Ms. Elhard currently teaches viola da gamba at Macalester College, and also at the St. Paul Conservatory of Music where she has developed a Suzuki-style approach for children to learn the viola da gamba.
Rockford (Rocky) Mjos performs as a soloist, accompanist, and continuo player on lute and theorbo as well as Baroque and modern guitars. He has appeared as a guest performer with groups such as Glorious Revolution Baroque, the Rose Ensemble, and the Lyra Baroque Orchestra. As a member of the Chambure Vihuela Quartet he can be heard on their “Canta y Danza” CD. His exploration of early music sources has resulted in many performances of little-known compositions and modern editions. Rocky has performed in several European countries; at music festivals in Utrecht, Wroclaw, and San Antonio; and been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and Dutch National Radio. He studied at Hamline University, St. Paul, and at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He has even performed for Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.
Miriam Scholz-Carlson plays regularly with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra and is a founding member of Glorious Revolution Baroque, a new ensemble whose performances have included artists such as Ellen Hargis and David Douglass. She has been featured on several recent Bach Society programs, including their live performance on MPR’s Bach Festival. Ms. Scholz-Carlson has studied with renowned violinist Marc Destrubé and at the Vancouver Early Music Programme as well as with David Douglass and Nancy Wilson. She maintains a large private studio in addition to teaching classes at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.