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Early Music Missouri: Sir Gawain & the Green Knight
December 8 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
A Holiday Legend with knights, giants, magic and musicActors and musicians bring a Medieval legend to life.
The third concert of the series Early Music @ First offers a Medieval tale featuring King Arthur’s Roundtable, a beautiful lady and a mysterious knight. Actors bring the story to life with support from a troupe of singers and instrumentalists playing Medieval song and dance.
Performers include Arianna Arie (soprano), Nancy Bristol (alto), Kevin Duco Warner (baritone), William Bauer (vielle), Jeffrey Noonan (lute).
Arianna Aerie (soprano) is currently a soloist and section leader at Saint Peter’s Episcopal in Ladue, and has performed as soloist with the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus, Bach Society of Saint Louis, and Collegium Vocale of Saint Louis. Well-versed as a performer of early music, she is equally comfortable on the jazz stage, having toured nationally with the Oikos Ensemble. Arianna and Kevin Warner have been singing together since they met at “opera camp” in 2006. They are now married and have two young children, who only want to hear them sing, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
William Bauer (vielle) has been based in St. Louis for several decades but in those years has maintained an active national and international performing career. In this country, this work includes appearances with Boston Baroque, New Trinity Baroque (Atlanta), Ars Antigua Chicago, Comic Intermezzo (Chicago), Chicago Baroque Band, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Washington Bach Sinfonia and Ensemble Musical Offering (Milwaukee.) Bill’s international appearances include concerts in Budapest, Hungary; Berchtesgadden, Germany; Zagreb, Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia; and early music festivals in Mexico, Serbia, Crete, Canada and Portugal. In addition to his work on baroque violin and viola, Bill also plays the viola d’amore, an exotic bowed instrument and he has been a featured soloist on this rare instrument in concert and on recordings. These recordings include appearances on Deutsche Grammophon, Polydor, Naxos, First Edition, Nannerl and Studio 115 labels. In St. Louis, Bill has founded and led a number of early music ensembles including Armonia e Passione, Early Music St. Louis and Shakespear’s Bande. A dedicated teacher, Bill serves on the string faculty of the Webster Community Music School. Recognized nationally as an active proponent of early music education, Bill teaches and leads early music workshops across the country. This pedagogical work includes teaching for the Jewell Early Music Workshop and Festival in Kansas City and for Mid-America Young Artists in Chicago as well as founding and leading the St. Louis Baroque Festival and Academy.
Nancy Bristol (alto) has pursued a varied path as a vocalist with appearances on the concert stage singing choral music, in clubs doing cabaret songs and in folk clubs playing guitar and singing folks songs. In addition, she has been a fixture in the St. Louis Early Music scene for some twenty years, performing with The Ellenwood Consort, Early Music St. Louis and St. Louis Baroque. Nancy has sung since her school days but began serious public performance as a folk singer shortly after moving to St. Louis from her native New York City. She eventually traded her folk singing gigs for work with choral ensembles. Nancy has sung with a number of church choirs including those of Christ Church Cathedral and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue. She has been a full member of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus for over twenty years, with solo performances in numerous concerts and on the ensemble’s recordings. Nancy’s Early Music singing includes lutesong recitals with her husband, lutenist Jeffrey Noonan. They have performed together for over twenty years, appearing in concerts in Texas, Kentucky, New York and on Cape Cod as well as in St. Louis. Nancy first sang in The Green Knight in New York in 1997.
Trained as a classical guitarist, Jeffrey Noonan (lute) has played early plucked instruments for nearly forty years across the Midwest. Based in St. Louis, he has performed regionally with various ensembles including Shakespear’s Bande, Musicke’s Cordes, Early Music St. Louis, Bourbon Baroque in Louisville, Madison Early Music Festival in Wisconsin, Ars Antigua in Chicago, Kansas City Baroque and Musik Ekklesia in Indianapolis. In addition to his work with Armonia e Passione, Jeff has directed Such Sweete Melodie, a quintet specializing in seventeenth-century vocal repertoire and is a founding member of La Petite Brise, a trio featuring the baroque flute and Musicke’s Cordes, a duo with baroque violinist Samuel Breene. As accompanist and continuo player, Jeff performs a varied repertoire ranging from sixteenth-century chanson with solo voice to Handel’s Messiah with the St. Louis Symphony. A scholar of the early guitar, Jeff has produced two books and articles for Grove on the subject as well as an edition of eighteenth-century violin sonatas by Giovanni Bononcini. Jeff holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame (A.B.), the Hartt School of Music (B.Mus.) and Washington University in St. Louis (M.Mus., Ph.D.) After sixteen years of teaching at Southeast Missouri State University, he retired as Professor of Music in 2015. Jeff has received funding and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Newberry Library. In 2016, the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission awarded him an Artist Fellowship in recognition of his work as a performer, teacher and scholar.
Kevin Duco Warner (baritone) has performed with numerous choral groups around Saint Louis and served as section leader and soloist at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue. Kevin received his B.M. in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Outside of his musical pursuits, he manages several global certification programs related to sustainable agriculture, fair treatment of farm workers, and climate change.
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