The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast’s Concerts for the 2017-2018 Season

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents Viols March Madness for Early Music America’s Early Music Month 2018

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast Presents Viols March Madness for Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2018

Early Music Month 2018

As part of Early Music America‘s Early Music Month 2018, the Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast will be providing a venue for all members and their ensembles to perform a musical offering in a low-stress, supportive environment. Is it an open mic, musicale, salon, recital, dress rehearsal? Yes! Performers from beginner to professional are welcome to workshop a short piece or two among friends. From solo repertoire to consort music, from the Renaissance & Baroque to Contemporary music, hear performers spanning the breadth of the Great Lakes region including professional ensembles, soloists, amateurs & student groups. Free and open to viol players and their guests. Doors open at 3:00 PM for tuning and warm-up with ‘after-hours’ consorts for even more madness! The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast & Early Music America – building stronger communities through Early Music! 

The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast
Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, Evanston, IL
Saturday, March 24, 2018 4:00PM


The Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast’s Concerts for the 2015-2016 Season

VdGS 3rd Coast - Concert Banners MIni Nomine 5.29.2016

The Spirit of Gambo – a Chicago Consort of Viols presented a mini-concert of intimate In Nomine settings for 1-3 viols including music by Martha Bishop (b.1937), David Goldstein (1918 – 2003), and Thomas Tomkins (1572 – 1656).


VdGS 3rd Coast - The Third Coast Viols in Concert: In Nomine - Viol Consorts from Taverner to Purcell & Beyond

The Third Coast Viols performed a rich and diverse program featuring music by Taverner, Tye, Tallis, Byrd, Picforth, Ferrabosco, Gibbons, Jenkins, Lawes & Purcell alongside contemporary works by Martha Bishop, and the premiere of the Fantasy á4 on “In Nomine” (2015) by Will Ayton.

VdGS 3rd Coast – Special Benefit Concert: The Nymphs of the Rhine

Thanks to the Viola da Gamba Society of America (VdGSA)‘s Consort Loan Program, Phillip Serna partnered with Naperville North High School orchestra director Dana Green to start a viol consort program in Chicago’s western suburbs. In an effort to engage the community, raise awareness about that work in schools, the Viola da Gamba Society 3rd Coast (VdGS Third Coast), New Comma Baroque‘s Phillip Serna, the Naperville North High School Department of Music, and Grounds for Hope Café at Trinity Lutheran Church presented a benefit concert to raise money to purchase viols showcasing viol players from across the Midwest – and indeed the country – in an ambitious marathon of Johannes Schenck’s complete ‘Nymphs of the Rhine’ – Le Nymphe di Rheno, Op.8 for 2 Bass Viols.

truPerformers: Mary Anne Ballard (Baltimore Consort, Galileo’s Daughters, et al), Russell Bookout, James Lambert (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Catacoustic Consort), Eric Miller (Wisconsin Baroque Ensemble), Gail Ann Schroeder (Baroque and Beyond, Columbia Baroque, et al), & Phillip Serna (New Comma Baroque, Black Tulip, et al), bass viols

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