Musicke’s Cordes to Perform in April 22 Sundays at Three Series

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

April 5, 2007 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Sundays at Three Chamber Music Series April 22 will feature English and Italian works from the 17th century performed by Musicke’s Cordes. 

The concert will be held in Old St. Vincent’s Church in downtown Cape Girardeau. Musicke’s Cordes will present songs, dances and sonatas by Girolamo Frescobaldi, Biagio Marini, Marco Uccellini and Tarquinio Merula, among others. Although not household names, these composers played important roles in creating not just the Baroque style but specific musical forms, like the solo violin sonata.  Musicke’s Cordes is an instrumental quartet that specializes in early music performance practice. Violinists Celina Boldrey and Brandon Christensen play reproductions of early Baroque violins. Bassist Philip Spray plays a violone, a six-string bass viola da gamba, and Jeffrey Noonan plays a variety of antique plucked instruments including lutes, Baroque guitar and the six-foot long theorbo. The string ensemble will be joined for this performance by soprano Christine Johnson, a specialist in early vocal music.

Tickets are available at the door and will be $10 for students and $7 for seniors.