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A New Yeer's Gift: A Concert of Renaissance Yuletide Music

  • St Paul's Episcopal Church 29 Main Street Stockbridge, MA (map)

Catherine is joined by The Arcadia Viols and lutenist Hideki Yamaya for an program of seasonal 16th and 17th century music from England and Germany. This concert will mark the 12th day of Christmas and welcome in the New Year, featuring the works of William Byrd, Thomas Campion, Franz Tunder, Johann Hermann Schein and more!

Hideki Yamaya is a performer of lutes, early guitars, and early mandolins based in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. Born in Tokyo, Japan, he spent most of his career in the West Coast before settling in New Haven, where he is a freelance performer and teacher. He has a B.A. in Music and an M.A. in Ethnomusicology from University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied with Robert Strizich, and an M.F.A. in Guitar and Lute Performance from University of California, Irvine, where he studied with John Schneiderman. He also studied with James Tyler at University of Southern California and with Paul Beier at Accademia Internazionale della Musica in Milan, Italy. In demand both as a soloist and as a continuo/chamber player, Hideki has performed with and for Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Opera, Santa Cruz Baroque Festival, Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Opera, California Bach Society, Oregon Bach Festival, Astoria Music Festival, Music of the Baroque, and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. He is one half of the Schneiderman-Yamaya Duo and is the artistic director for Musica Maestrale, an early music collective based in Portland. He is an internationally acclaimed musician and has performed in Canada, Japan, Great Britain, Germany, and Italy.

Arcadia Viols, a consort of viols, or ensemble of violas da gamba, as been associated with the Arcadia Players of Western Massachusetts since its founding in 2009. The ensemble has performed in many venues in the North East and beyond, including Stratford Music in Ontario. In 2011 and 2015, the consort performed at the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Festival. Performances include J.S Bach's "The Art of the Fugue" at Clark University in Worcester, MA, and at Tufts University; "Lachrimae" in Hadley, MA, and "The Wonder of Will" with Stile Antico and the Folger Consort at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and in the series "Music before 1800" at Corpus Christi Church in New York City. In 2016 the ensemble performed its program of adventurous music from the 17th and 21st centuries, "Viols on the Edge" at Bard College at Simon's Rock, Mount Holyoke Summit House Concerts and Tufts University, and joined the Crescendo chorus of Limerock, CT in performances of a program of "Elizabethan Music and the Sounds of Hamlet." In December 2017 the ensemble returned to Washington, DC to play a run of 11 concerts with the Folger Consort and Cathedra to sold out audiences at the Folger Shakespeare Library. January 2018 brought two performances of "A Musical Banquet" in Hadley, MA and Stonington, CT. Members: Alice Robbins, Jane Hershey, Robert Einstein, Douglas Kelley, Anne Legene.

Earlier Event: December 22
Anglica Antiqua at Yuletide
Later Event: February 14