Music, Gettysburg! announces the return of Ensemble New Amsterdam in performance Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 4:00 pm in the Gettysburg Seminary Chapel on Gettysburg’s Seminary Ridge.
The ensemble features an international span in talent: Gettysburg native Mary Hammann, viola, and Crissman Taylor, mezzo-soprano. Ensemble New Amsterdam was founded in 2000 by Taylor and Hammann. A lifetime friendship connects and deep love of music drives the group, whose members live both in Amsterdam, Holland
and the former New Amsterdam, New York City. The ensemble concentrates on works for voice and strings, playing a wide range of repertoire from Bach to contemporary.
At every important crossroad in life and death, music is there,” says Taylor. This concert will feature the work of Satie, Ravel, Robert Burns and a brand new David Spear setting of four poems by Wendy Cope called "Deliciously Ill-Fated." The concert is free and open to the public.
“Before TV, free evenings were spent in conversation, culinary delights, and music,” said Taylor. “Without records or radio, people would sing and play for each other. From this, salon music developed, which drew on sources such as folk music, music hall, or literature. Well-known composers drew from these sources to create classical offerings for the salon public.” Hammann added “Our concert showcases a varied musical selection from the Paris salons of the 1920’s to Celtic folk ceilidh of Scotland, from the formal English chamber concert to the clubs of New York. Ensemble New Amsterdam has commissioned a new work as an offering to the salon music tradition. Today is the world premier of “Deliciously ill-fated”, a song cycle by the composer David Spear, based on the comically amorous poems of award-winning author Wendy Cope.”
Mary Hammann, an active viola soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer, has been heard extensively in North America, Europe and the Far East. One of five musical sisters, she graduated from the Curtis Institute and Mannes College of Music, studying with Michael Tree, Karen Tuttle and Walter Trampler. Ms. Hammann has appeared in numerous chamber music festivals, including Marlboro Music and the Grand Canyon Festival. She has toured and recorded with Orpheus, Philomusica, Solisti, the Brandenburg Ensemble and the Metropolitan Opera. A member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1992, she has recorded on Sony Classics and Deutsche Grammaphon. Ms. Hammann has made five recordings with Auréole, her award-winning flute-viola-harp trio, on the Koch label. As concert soloist, she has performed at Lincoln Center with Solisti New York for Mostly Mozart and with the Jupiter Symphony.
Crissman Taylor is soloist in recitals, chamber music concerts, and performances of cantatas and oratorios. Her varied musical background and solid musicianship makes her in demand as soloist. Her clear and flexible voice is heard in performances spanning a wide range of repertoire from Bach to contemporary. Her background as a violinist has led her to specialize in the chamber music repertoire for voice and strings. She came to Holland from Boston in 1991 to complete her vocal studies at the Utrecht School for the Arts, in the class of Udo Reinemann, in 1995.
Music, Gettyburg! is a premier free concert series featuring the finest regional, national and international musicians hosted by the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. The seminary chapel is located at 147 Seminary Ridge on the west edge of Gettysburg. For more information about this and other concerts remaining in the Music, Gettysburg! schedule, please call 717-338-3000ext 2197 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site at www.musicgettysburg.org .