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Lute and guitar songs of Sweden

Wednesday, August 15 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Location: Rines Auditorium
Audience: Adults, Seniors

When we think of European song in the period between 1600 and the early 1800’s, English, French, Italian, and German repertoires come to mind. But usually not Swedish!

Today’s program provides examples of that Northern repertoire. Works range from songs by Andreas Düben, who immigrated to Sweden from Germany around 1620, to period guitar and voice arrangements on texts by Carl Michael Bellman (1740-95).

Also included are non-Swedish works of the period drawn from Swedish sources.



Maine native soprano Jennifer Bates enjoys a multifaceted career in the opera, concert and recital worlds.  Recent engagements include the role Pepik in the NY Philharmonic production of The Cunning Little Vixen, multiple appearances with NY City Opera, Zemlinsky’s Der Zwerg with the American Symphony Orchestra, and was the featured soloist at the Bach Vespers Cantata Series just steps from Lincoln Center for ten years.

Highlights of previous seasons have included performances at Carnegie Hall, singing Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass  with the New England Symphonic Ensemble, and many European engagements, including Elgar’s The Kingdom with Maestro Leonard Slatkin and the Philharmonia in the prestigious Three Choirs Festival, Haydn’s Creation with Robert Tear at the Dartington International Summer Festival, Fauré’s Requiem with Sir David Willcocks at Royal Albert Hall, and Verdi’s Requiem at Windsor Castle.

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.