Columbia, S.C. – The Columbia Museum of Art presents “Baker & Baker: The Art of Music: Music from Colonial South Carolina” performed by Columbia Baroque on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. among the Renaissance and Baroque paintings in the upstairs gallery at the Museum.
The concert is played on instruments known to have been in the colony; interspersed between the compositions are discussions about the colonists and their relationship to the music.
“Colonial South Carolina was the cultural heart of the Southern English Colonies,” says Timothy Hein, executive/artistic director of Columbia Baroque. “While North Carolina had Moravian Church music and Georgia had military bands, South Carolina’s eclectic mix of English, Scottish, German, and French settlers brought a flowering of musical delights possible in only a few other areas in the colonies. Our concert explores this South Carolina musical bouquet of individuals and their music.”
“Music from Colonial South Carolina” explores the chamber music performed in South Carolina prior to the American Revolution, including music by George Fredric Handel and Arcangelo Corelli. Columbia Baroque features Jerry Curry on harpsichord, Jean Hein on Baroque recorder, Timothy Hein on voice flute, Gail Ann Schroeder on viola da gamba, and Brittnee Siemon as mezzo-soprano.
Concert at 2:00 p.m. Free with membership or admission.
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Well known throughout the Southeast as a consummate performer of Baroque music, Curry is distinguished professor emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where since 1970 he has taught undergraduate and graduate music theory and harpsichord. In addition, he is sought after for his knowledge of Baroque performance practice. Curry has performed as soloist and chamber musician with numerous musical groups at the university, in the state, and around the region. He was harpsichordist with the Columbia Consort and plays continuo with the South Carolina Philharmonic.
A founding member of the Columbia Baroque, Hein was previously a member of the Baroque Soloists of Illinois, director of the St. Luke’s Recorder Ensemble in Oklahoma City, and featured as recorder soloist on the St. Luke’s “Sunday at Five” Concert Series in Oklahoma City. Hein has toured Ireland and Wales performing Baroque and Celtic music and presented recorder recitals in the Midwest, Southwest, and several Southeastern states. She has been on the faculty of Columbia College, Cornell College, and Coe College. Honors include the Berry Award at the Coleman Chamber Music Competition and the Legacy Award received with Timothy Hein for founding and serving as executive director for “Arts at St. Luke’s.” Currently, Hein is instructor of clarinet at Claflin University and teaching for the Palmetto Center for the Arts.
As a conductor, scholar, and performer on the Baroque recorder, Hein is at the forefront of the early music movement in South Carolina. He is the executive/artistic director of Columbia Baroque, which he founded in 2007. The ensemble specializes in French and Italian 17th– and 18th-century chamber music, played on instruments of the period, at authentic low-pitch and temperament. Hein performs on treble recorder and voice flute. He has conducted ensembles in Germany, Belgium, Holland, England, Ireland, and seventeen American states. In 2004, he received the Award of Distinction from the National Religious Music Week Alliance “for developing and maintaining one of our nation’s finest worship music programs.” Currently, he is researching chamber music and musicians of colonial Carolina from the settlement of the colony to the Revolutionary War.
Gail Ann Schroeder
A graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Music in Music History, Schroeder furthered her performance studies on the viol at the Royal Music Conservatory of Brussels where she subsequently taught from 1988-2002. She has performed as guest artist with numerous ensembles including Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, the Huelgas Ensemble, the Dutch Radio Philharmonic, and the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. She has participated in radio and television productions throughout Europe, and on CD recordings for DHM, Sony Classical, Ricercar, and Erato. Since returning to the USA in 2006, Schroeder has taught at numerous workshops for the Viola da Gamba Society of America, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and Mountain Collegium.
The principal vocalist for Columbia Baroque, Siemon’s performance career spans United States and abroad. She has been affiliated with well-known ensembles at Boston’s Old South Church, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Boston Baroque. As a concert soloist in the Southeast, Dr. Siemon has appeared with the South Carolina Philharmonic, The Augusta Symphony and Choral Society, the Columbia Choral Society, and the St. Augustine Music Festival. Her recital accomplishments include premiers of early and modern works, and a debut at Jordan Hall in Boston. Siemon has served on the music faculties of Rollins College, Columbia College, Charleston Southern University, and Jacksonville University. She is currently head of voice at The Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina, and is an active teacher and clinician.