Empire Viols
Tea for Two
November 3, 2:00 pm
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Martha McGaughey
Carlene Stober
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Baroque and Folk Music for Viola da Gamba Duo
Sunday, November 3 at 2pm
Lenox Hill Neighborhood House
331 East 70th St, New York, NY 10021

Join us for a delectable afternoon of music for two viols. Enjoy exquisite bonbons by the peerless composers for viola da gamba Christopher Simpson, Johannes Schenck, and John Jenkins, as well as explorations of English and Eastern European folk music.
The players
Martha McGaughey studied with Jordi Savall and with Wieland Kuijken. She is a founding member of the New York-based Empire Viols, in residence at Second Presbyterian Church since 2000, as well the Baroque groups Aula Harmoniae and Gold and Glitter. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels, as well as for EMI. She has taught at the Ecole Nationale de Musique in Angoul�me (France), at Stanford University, and since 1986 at The Mannes College of Music, where she currently teaches Baroque Performance Practice and a Performance Workshop for ESL students. She has twice been a Regents' Lecturer at the University of California. In the 2016-2017 season she was a featured soloist with the China National Symphony in Beijing, gave several master classes in France, and appeared with Chatham Baroque in Pittsburgh.

Carlene Stober is a member of Empire Viols and the Grenser Trio. In addition to performing with many other ensembles, she was continuo cellist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity for many years. She has appeared on "Prairie Home Companion" and was featured musician in Theatre for a New Audience's production of Pericles at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival. As a modern cellist, Carlene is a member of the Saratoga Opera Festival Orchestra and has performed at the Manitou Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. She served as principal cellist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the U.S. as a member of the Delphi String Quartet. She holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and can be heard on the Deux Elles, MSR, Ravello, and Quill Classics labels. She is also a music librarian, holding adjunct positions at New York University and the Morgan Library, and designs sound for theatrical productions.

Empire Viols formed in 1994. 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 featured a tour of the southwestern United States.
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