Join us for an exploration of early music played on instruments of the era, with enlightening commentary by the artists (scroll down for their impressive bios). After the performance, please stay for a reception with the musicians, accompanied by treats from Hudson's Verdigris Tea, opening soon on Catskill's Main Street.
Christine Gummere has been playing baroque and classical cello in New York City since 1985, when she was invited by harpsichordist James Richman to be principal cellist for Concert Royal. During her tenure with the group she had the great good fortune to work closely with Mr. Richman, baroque dancer Catherine Turocy and her group, the New York Baroque Dance Company, all of whom deeply influenced her understanding of baroque and classical style. She has also performed with The American Classical Orchestra, The New York Collegium, and Early Music New York, often as principal cellist. Other groups she has enjoyed performing with on modern cello include Concordia, a chamber symphony led by Marin Alsop; String Fever, a string swing band, also led by Ms. Alsop; and the Riverside Symphony, an orchestra specializing in 20th century music, where she was principal cellist for 19 years. Ms. Gummere taught cello as an adjunct at Columbia University from 1988 to 2001. In 2007, after 30 years of freelancing in New York's modern and early music community, Ms. Gummere, with Gene Murrow, co-founded Sinfonia New York, a period instrument ensemble.
Rachel Evans has been a member of the Santa Fe Opera Orchestra, jazz group String Fever, contemporary music ensemble Continuum, and the Meridian Quartet. She has performed across the globe with ensembles whose repertoire spans medieval to contemporary. Recently taking part in Ars Antiqua’s recording Francois Philodor's "L'art de la Modulation" with Elizabeth Wallfisch she was a principal player and recitalist at the Carmel Bach Festival for many years and appeared in various ensembles at the Boston, Berkeley, and Utrecht Early Music Festivals, Charles Ives Festival in Germany and the Victoria Festival in Australia. She has appeared in the ongoing NYC Cable series "The Facts", (also online at 1687inc). As a sound and movement artist, Rachel collaborated with Elaine Colandrea in “Venus” (2009) and “On the Nature of the Body” (2012), in Rhinebeck, NY and is a member of Continuum Movement Arts (www.ContinuumMovementArts.org). A recipient of the Coleman Chamber Music Award, she earned B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees at The Juilliard School of Music. She teaches music at the Manitou School and gives private and group lessons in Beacon, Cold Spring and Garrison.
Christa Patton, historical harpist and early wind specialist, has performed throughout the Americas, Europe, and Japan with many of today’s premier early music ensembles such as Piffaro the Renaissance Band, Early Music New York directed by Fredrick Renz, and Ex Umbris. As a baroque harpist she has appeared with Apollo’s Fire, The King’s Noyse, The Toronto Consort, Seattle Baroque Orchestra, La Nef, Blue Heron, Folger Consort, Parthenia, ARTEK, Pegasus, New York State Baroque Orchestra, and many others. She has performed in early opera productions with the New York City Opera, Wolf Trap Opera, Tafelmusik, Opera Atelier, Opera Vivente and Opera Omnia. Her recordings include "Istampitta" on the Lyrachord label, Chacona also on the Dorian label, Trionfo d'Amore e della Morte on the Dorian label, Los Ministriles of the New World on Navona Records, Nobile Donna on ATMA among others. Christa is a visiting Scholar at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Adjunct Lecturer at the CUNY Graduate School and the musical director and co-director of the Baroque Opera Workshop at Queens College specializing in the works of early 17th century composers. Since the workshop’s beginning in 2010, she has collaborated with vocalist Julianne Baird, countertenor and stage director, Drew, Minter, and Commedia dell’Arte master, Antonio Fava to create artful performances based in sources of the 16th and 17th centuries.
Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, and Nice, among others. A recognized specialist in the works of Handel, he has performed frequently at the Handel festivals of Göttingen, Halle, Karlsruhe, Maryland and sung with many of the world's leading baroque orchestras, including Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, and as a guest at festivals such as Tanglewood, Ravinia, Regensburg, BAM's Next Wave, Edinburgh, Spoleto, and Boston Early Music; other orchestra credits include the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Orchestra and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Minter was a founding member of the Newberry Consort and My Lord Chamberlain’s Consort, and has sung and played early harps often with ARTEK, the Folger Consort, and Trefoil, the medieval trio he co-founded with Mark Rimple in 2000. Mr. Minter is also active as a stage director and educator. He was artistic director of Boston Midsummer Opera from 2006 to 2011. His production of The Play of Daniel, premiered at the Cloisters in 2008, has become a fixture of the New York Christmas holiday season. Mr. Minter has lectured in music since 1999 at Vassar College. He gives masterclasses in the vocal and physical interpretation of opera at Amherst Early Music, La Lingua della Lirica, and Queens College Baroque Opera workshops, as well as at many colleges and universities.