On Sunday, March 5, at 4pm, Mountainside Baroque's 2016-2017 series will continue with its annual chamber music concert. Entitled "The Kinge's Musique," the performance will be held in The Lodge Room of the Cumberland Masonic Temple at 15 Greene Street in Cumberland (next to Emmanuel Episcopal Parish). Designed after King Solomon's temple, the Lodge Room promises to serve as a fitting and intimate backdrop for this music by and for these storied Renaissance monarchs. Parking is available on Washington Street and in the Emmanuel Episcopal and First Presbyterian parking lots.
A pre-concert talk is scheduled for 3:30pm, and there will be a reception after the concert, as well as informal tours of the historic Masonic Temple.Famously, King Henry the VIII, in addition to being a temperamental and capricious ruler, was a relatively talented musician and composer. It was not uncommon for his music to be performed at court by both the king himself and his court musicians. Music composed by Henry and by his court composers, William Cornish and Robert Fayrfax, are featured compositions. Elizabeth I, a legendary patron of the arts, especially music, fostered the era that represents the height of English Renaissance style. The musical treasures from the composers of her reign will include music by William Byrd, John Johnson, John Dowland and others.
Mountainside will be assembling a cast of notable professionals who specialize in this music. In addition to Mountainside Co-Director Ryan Mullaney, soprano Sara Mackimmie from Baltimore, Joel Bevington from Seattle and Robert Robinson from Ohio will be featured vocalists. Billy Simms, one of the most prominent East Coast lute players, will be featured in the music of John Dowland and John Johnson, along with Mountainside Co-Director Lyle Nordstrom. Sarah Lynn and Patricia Nordstrom will be performing on winds. Instruments of the time will be featured, including lutes, recorders, Renaissance flute and crumhorns.
In addition to four "Blue" Lodges, the Cumberland Masonic Temple is home to the Scottish and York Rites, the Order of the Eastern Star, and Masonic programs for youth. The Temple, which was dedicated in 1912, features a Masonic library and is decorated with original paintings by the famed Herman DuBrau Art Studio of Cumberland and furnishings by H.U.F. Flurshutz and Sons as well as an Italian marble statue depicting the virtue "Silence" that was donated by Thomas Footer.
Tickets are available at the door, or online in advance at the Mountainside Baroque web site as well as at the Book Center in downtown Cumberland. Visit www.mountainsidebaroque.org or call 301-338-2940.
Event Website: mountainsidebaroque.org