State of Gambo:
Music of England
January 23, 2009
8 pm
Second Presbyterian Church
96th and Central Park West
New York City
The group
Empire Viols formed in 1994 and has been in residence at Second
Presbyterian Church since 1998.  The core group of two viols and
harpsichord frequently expands to include more viols or other instruments,
while maintaining a focus on the rich duo viol repertoire of the seventeenth
and eighteenth centuries. The 2008-2009 season features a tour of the
southwestern United States.
The players
Martha McGaughey was a
founding member of Musical
Assembly and guest with
Phantasm, and appears on the
Erato and EMI labels. She taught at
Ecole Nationale de Musique
(France), Eastman School of Music,
Stanford University, and teaches at
Mannes College of Music.

Carlene Stober is continuo cellist
for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity. In
addition to performing in many
ensembles, she was a guest with
Prairie Home Companion and the
Utah Shakespearean Festival, and
was featured musician in Theatre
for a New Audience's production of
"Pericles." She was principal cellist
of the Tucson Symphony and a
member of the Delphi String
Quartet.

Arthur Haas, winner of the top
prize in the Paris International
Harpsichord Competition, is a
member of the Aulos Ensemble and
is artistic director of the Baroque
Academy of the Amherst Early Music
Festival. His solo CDs include a
recent disc of de La Guerre and
Couperin.  He  is professor of
harpsichord and early music at
SUNY Stony Brook.
The venue
Empire Viols have been in
residence at Second Presbyterian
Church since 1998. Its sanctuary
provides an intimate and warm,
acoustically excellent setting. The
historic building retains its
austere nineteenth-century
Scottish heritage.
Empire Viols
Second Presbyterian Church
Empire Viols
"Excellent" — The Wall Street Journal

Martha McGaughey
Carlene Stober
violas da gamba

Arthur Haas
harpsichord

Concerts
Stolen Music
Orpheus and the Angel
BLT
State of Gambo
Music of England at Second Presbyterian Church
The legendary gambists of 17th-century England created a virtual State of
Gambo: the flourishing of extraordinary music by Tobias Hume, John
Jenkins, Christopher Simpson, and William Young. The concert also features
a trio sonata by William Boyce and harpsichord music by Nicholas Strogers.
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