November 2, 1998

Romanesca to Perform at Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Nov. 15

"The sounds … as [violinist Andrew] Manze emits them, are magic. And that is because Manze has recovered the pre-Romantic, pre-idealistic esthetic that gives them life." --The New York Times

Romanesca, a trio of British musicians known for their performances and recordings of baroque instrumental music, will perform on Sunday, Nov. 15 at 3 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Middlebury College Center for the Arts on Route 30. The group's appearance in Middlebury is part of its first American tour. The trio's program, called "Phantasticus," features virtuoso violin music of the 17th century.

Romanesca was founded by Nigel North in 1988 with the aim of presenting music from the 17th and 18th centuries in a way that is lively, expressive, and communicates to contemporary audiences. The group has played throughout Europe.

Early Music News (England) said of a recent Wigmore Hall concert, "Andrew Manze (who has something of a gypsy fiddler in him), Nigel North and John Toll revealed an ability to bewitch their hearers through the frenzied energy of their performance."

Andrew Manze is "quietly becoming pre-eminent," according to Gramophone magazine, amongst the new generation of musicians specializing in period instruments. A classicist by training, he has recently been appointed the associate director of the Academy of Ancient Music.

Nigel North is one of the world's foremost lutenists, having specialized in early repertoire since 1975. He has made numerous solo recordings and appeared at early music festivals in Boston, Bath, Utrecht and Moscow. North also plays the theorbo.

Harpsichord player John Toll is one of Britain's most active early music specialists. A founding member of London Baroque, he now plays regularly with Andrew Parrott's Taverner Players and the Orchestra of Enlightenment.

Tickets for this Middlebury College Concert Series performance are $9.00 general admission and $7.00 for senior citizens. To order tickets, please call the College box office at 802-443-6433.