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Manchester College invites community

to An Appalachian Christmas Dec. 11

NORTH MANCHESTER (Nov. 24, 2003) - This holiday season, Manchester College brings instruments and vocals from the 16th to 18th centuries to put a unique tone to Christmas.

Presenting An Appalachian Christmas, Music for the Yuletide Season, The Baltimore Consort comes to the Cordier Auditorium stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11. With early acoustic instruments and vocals, this ensemble specializes in time-honored music rooted in England, Scotland and France.

The Baltimore Consort uses a variety of instruments - lute, viol, flute, cittern, early guitar, rebec, recorder, crumhorn and bandore - and vocals of medieval and Renaissance music.

The Consort has invited Josť Lemos, a 28-year old counter-tenor, to sing a number of arranged Christmas pieces from the British Isles and North America that reflect the musical tradition of Appalachia.

Selected pieces include Pine Tops by Ronn McFarlane; The Lord of the Dance by Sydney Carter; Lulle, Lullay from 1932 North Carolina; On Christmas Night collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904, and On the Cold Ground by John Playford in 1665.

The Baltimore Consort, together since 1980, has traveled widely in the United States and abroad. Syndicated radio broadcasts have featured their music and Billboard magazine in 1993 recognized the Consort as Top Classical Crossover Artist.

Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for seniors, students and children; for reservations, call 260-982-5551.




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