Madison Bach Musicians bring baroque to CT

CRYSTAL FALLS—Four members of the Madison Bach Musicians will perform at the Crystal Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 14 in the final Gem of a Series event of the season. The show will begin at 2 p.m.
    The members of MBM will give a virtuosic and intriguing program and will explore and compare the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frederick Handel.
    MBM was formed in 2004 to foster a love of music and to provide education about great music, the Crystal Theatre said in a press release. Director Trevor Stephenson will also talk about the selections and about the remarkable baroque instruments the musicians will bring to the theatre - harpsichord, baroque violin, baroque cello. Soprano soloist Chelsea Sheppard will talk a bit about the art of singing the music of these two baroque masters.   
     Stephenson–harpsichordist, fortepianist, and pianist–is the artistic director and founder of the Madison Bach Musicians. With his colleague, Norman Sheppard, he has made and refurbished a series of historical keyboard instruments ranging from Italian Renaissance harpsichords to Victorian pianos. He has released sixteen recordings on the Light & Shadow label and tours throughout the United States as performer and lecturer.
     Kangwon Lee Kim, Madison Bach Musicians concertmaster and assistant director, is a versatile violinist with repertoire ranging from baroque to 21st-century using both baroque and modern violins. She has performed internationally giving solo and chamber recitals in Korea, Canada, Puerto Rico, Switzerland, Norway, and Czech Republic. As a baroque violinist, Kim has performed with the Smithsonian Chamber Players, the Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble, Brandywine Baroque, the Classical Symphony, Calisto in San Francisco and the Baroque Band in Chicago.
     Cellist James Waldo leads a diverse, genre-defying career as a freelance chamber musician, presenter, and educator. As a New York freelancer, James appeared regularly as principal cellist for Cecilia Chorus’ semi-annual concerts in Carnegie Hall and is a regular guest soloist with the Chinese Ensemble of New York. Active also in the historical performance circuit, James is a founding member of the critically-acclaimed consort LeStrange Viols and performs regularly on the Salon/Sanctuary concert series.
     Hannah De Priest’s “irresistible” voice (L’Opera) is gaining her recognition as an emerging soprano to watch. She is currently based in Chicago but travels frequently, performing a range of repertoire as a soloist and chamber musician. During the 2018-2019 season, she debuts as a soloist with Madison Bach Musicians, the Newberry Consort, Kansas City Baroque Consortium, and Ars Musica Chicago.
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