By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The viola da gamba duet Duo Fantaisie en Echo will perform in concert on Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 8 p.m. in the Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell University.
The program, "The Nymphs of the Rhine: Music by Johann Schenck (1660-1712)," features viola da gamba performances by Rachel Cama-Lekx and Phillip Serna.
The musicians also will hold two class visits/workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Rooke Recital Hall. The first session will be held from 10 to 10:52 a.m. and the second from 3 to 4:22 p.m. Cama-Lekx and Serna will give a brief history of the viola da gamba, more commonly known as a viol, and demonstrate music written for solo and ensemble viols in the Renaissance and Baroque periods, roughly 1550 to 1700. No registration is necessary to attend.
The performance and the workshops, which are free and open to the public, are made possible by the Kushell Music Endowment of Bucknell University.
Cama-Lekx is the artistic director of Cascata, an ensemble specializing in 17th-century dramatic vocal music of Italy and virtuosic instrumental genres.
She also performs professionally on viola da gamba and baroque cello throughout the Midwest, New England and beyond.
Active as both a soloist and continuo player, she has collaborated with a variety of chamber ensembles including Long & Away and The Sprightly Companions.
Director of the Case Western Reserve University Viol Consort, she won a Young Artist Grant-in-Aid from the Viola da Gamba Society of America and has been awarded several scholarships for her performing talents and academic writing in early music. For more information or to hear music samples, visit Rachel Cama-Lekx.
Serna performs on double bass and viola da gamba with numerous Midwest orchestras and many early music ensembles including Ars Antigua, the Chicago Early Music Consort, the Newberry Consort and the Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols.
He is the founder and music director of the Early Music outreach program Viols in Our Schools, involving many different in-school outreach projects as well as the GambaCast, a video and audio podcast featuring performances of viol literature.
On the faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago's Early Music Department, Serna also is an instructor of double bass and viola da gamba at Valparaiso University.
He has contributed to the American String Teachers Association String Teacher's Cookbook – Creative Recipes for a Successful Program, Bass World – the Official Magazine of the International Society of Bassists, The American String Teacher, The VdGSA News and Early Music America Magazine. For more information or to hear music samples, visit Phillip Serna.
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