October 02, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Cascata, an early music ensemble specializing in the performance of European music from 1550 to 1750, will be in residence at Bucknell University Oct. 20 to 22. During the residency, the ensemble will present two workshops and a concert. All events are open to the public without charge.

75 years in music history
Cascata will present the concert, "From Renaissance to Baroque: Italian Style," on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Recital Hall of the Weis Music Building at Bucknell. The concert will include solos and ensemble music by Ortiz, Rore, Palestrina, Caccini, Peri and Monteverdi.

The workshops will be held from 3 to 4:20 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, and Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Rooke Recital Hall. These workshops are a behind-the-scenes presentation of the sounds and instruments of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Cascata was inspired by the principles for vocal ornamentation discussed by the 17th century composer Giulio Caccini. The early music ensemble is regularly in demand for its compelling performances and lively outreach programs. For more information or to hear music samples, visit  www.cascata.org.
Cascata members
Peter Cama-Lekx, violin, performs regularly on period violin and viola as well as medieval strings. In addition to Cascata, he has performed with the early music ensembles Cambridge Concentus, Music for a While, and in the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra. An active performer in small chamber ensembles and orchestras throughout Ohio and New England, he is also a skilled choral singer and has held various positions in church choirs.

Rachel Cama-Lekx performs professionally on viola da gamba and baroque cello as a soloist, continuo player and with various small ensembles including Long & Away and Music for a While. Also a professional choral singer, she was the winner of a Young Artist Grant-in-Aid from the Viola da Gamba Society of America.

Tracy Cowart performs with Apollo's Fire, La Donna Musicale, Music for a While, the Washington Bach Consort, Opera Lafayette and is on the roster of the Handel and Haydn Society. The resident mezzo-soprano for the Great Noise Ensemble, she has created roles in The Libation Bearers and The Furies, and will premiere a work by Armando Bayolo in fall 2009 commissioned by the National Gallery of Art.

William Good, lutes, has appeared with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, the New England Conservatory Opera Department's production of Egisto and as part of the Boston Early Music Festival's Fringe series with The Killer Bees. He is the director of the recently formed ensemble Sette Monti, which explores textured interpretations of early Baroque music with multiple plucked-string instruments and voice.

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