THE CHORUS OF WESTERLY'S KENT HALL MASTERS SERIES
THE LORELEI ENSEMBLE
SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2014 7:30 PM
The Chorus of Westerly continues their Kent Hall Masters Series on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at 7:30 pm, with a guest performance featuring the acclaimed Lorelei Ensemble. Directed by Beth Willer, Lorelei is a nine-member women’s choral ensemble dedicated to the expansion of music for women’s voices. Based in Boston, Lorelei is one of choral music’s fastest rising stars and a champion of innovative musical programming.
Lorelei’s performance takes place in the George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, in Westerly, Rhode Island. Tickets are $55, $25, and $14, with student discounts available.
Premiering more than thirty new works since its founding in 2007 by artistic director Beth Willer, Lorelei collaborates with established and emerging composers from around the globe while also featuring standard and lesser-known works of the Medieval, Renaissance, and early-Baroque choral periods in performance. An active member of the Boston music scene, Lorelei frequently collaborates with ensembles such as The Boston Modern Orchestra Project, the Juventas New Music Ensemble, and many area universities. Their touring performance season takes them across New England and the United States, including a recent residency at Macalester College in Minnesota. When not touring or recording, Lorelei Ensemble serves as ensemble-in-residence at Boston University’s Marsh Chapel.
For their Westerly program, Lorelei will present an eclectic evening featuring their signature performance pairing of new and ancient music, presented in a delicately curated fashion that heightens the experience of music from both time periods. Music ranging from Byzantine chant by the female composer Kassia to early polyphony of Pérotin and Du Fay will be paired along with new music written for Lorelei in the past two years by Peter Gilbert, Joshua Shank, Joshua Bornfield, and others.
“It will be a program unlike anything ever heard in Westerly before,” states Ryan Saunders, executive director of The Chorus of Westerly. “These women are incredibly talented and the music is so rich and mesmerizing. It will be a great musical experience for everyone in the audience. These women are some of the finest singers in New England.”
The Chorus of Westerly is presenting the Lorelei Ensemble as part of the Kent Hall Masters Series. The series features the best musical ensembles in the world here in Westerly. Recent ensembles appearing on the series include GRAMMY-award winning groups such as Chanticleer, The King’s Singers, The Tallis Scholars, and others. The series is made possible through generous support of board members of The Chorus of Westerly, The Blue Mitten Thrift Shop, and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Lorelei’s appearance in Westerly is funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
More information about Lorelei, including photographs, program notes, and a biography on Beth Willer, artistic director, is available online at http://loreleiensemble.com via their Digital Press Kit.