Madrigal group aims to “Drive the Cold Winter Away”

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By Ed Vilade

Resident Writer

Riderwood’s Village Early Music Ensemble will brighten at least one day of winter with a concert of vocal, recorder and organ music on Friday, January 10, at 3:00 p.m. in the Riderwood Chapel.

The song Drive the Cold Winter Away will be performed by guest artist Rabbi Cantor Lisa Levine. Rabbi Levine is a nationally-known composer, recording artist, poet and worship artist. She is a Jewish Social Service Agency chaplain and Rabbi of Riderwood. She will also direct the singers in two traditional Jewish songs, Hanukkah Nigun and Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages).

Marketa Ebert, founder and director of the Village Recorder Quartet and the Village Early Music Ensemble, will perform a recorder duet with her husband, David, playing Thys Yool, a 14th century English carol. The quartet will play Geboren ist Gottes Schnelein, Quem Pastores, Psallite Unigenito, The Sussex Carol, and I Saw Three Ships. Organist Daniel Sober will open the show with two versions of Wie schoen leuchtet der Morganstern, the first a melody by Phillipp Nicolai, harmonized by J.S. Bach; and the second a Choral Fantasia by Dietrich Buxtehude. He will also accompany the singers in Personent Hodie.

The singers will also perform Alle Psallite cum Luya, En Natus Est, Resonet in Laudibus, Shiloh, Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day, and (We Wish You) A Merry Christmas. The selections were composed over a period from the 13th to 19th centuries.

Admission is free. Contributions are welcomed, and all proceeds over the cost of staging the concert will be donated to the Riderwood Benevolent Care Fund.

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