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Lecture: How the Early Music Movement changed classical music

Wednesday, August 08 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults, Seniors

In 1829, Felix Mendelssohn organized and conducted a performance of selections from a forgotten masterpiece, J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The concert was a seminal event for what we now call the early music movement, which aimed to revive the music and performance practices of past centuries.

Over time, early music repertoire joined the mainstream. A byproduct of that evolution was that composers and performers began to adopt early music methodologies (and instrumentation) to later repertoires. Mr.Burris’s lecture provides an overview of that evolution, from Roger Norrington’s recordings of the Beethoven symphonies to Jonathan Dove’s L’altra Euridice, an opera in one act for baritone and (predominantly) baroque instruments.

Timothy Burris has performed widely in Europe and the US, including many appearances with world-renowned early music specialists and conductors.

His nine CD recordings include modern premieres of 18th-century ensemble works written for the Dresden court. His most recent solo CD, Ciaccona, includes his transcription for baroque lute of Bach’s work of that name from BWV 1004. Of the CD, Early Music America (Summer, 2013) said: “Burris, a well-seasoned performer, presents these works with a clean and clear technique that allows compositional brilliance to stand in the forefront.”

A Fulbright alumnus, Mr. Burris holds a soloist’s diploma from The Hague’s Royal Conservatory and a Ph.D. from Duke University. He was lute instructor at the Royal Flemish Conservatory of Music in Antwerp from 1990-96, and is currently on the faculty of Colby College. In addition to his work with St Mary Schola, Mr. Burris is a founding member of three ensembles:  Music’s Quill, with tenor Timothy Neill Johnson; Ensalada, with Lydia Forbes, violin and Myles Jordan, violoncello piccolo; ScheckMate, with Raffael Scheck, ‘cello.