Ensemble Chaconne


Photo: Heloise Tanglewood

"vitality and character…style and verve" (MusicWeb International)

Ensemble Chaconne enthralls audiences with dramatic period-instrument performances of music from Renaissance and Baroque Europe. Repertoire ranges from well-known masterpieces to recently discovered works. Peter H. Bloom (Renaissance and Baroque flutes), Carol Lewis (viola da gamba), and Olav Chris Henriksen (lute, theorbo and early guitar) bring exhilaration and theatrical intensity to an intimate chamber setting.

The three musicians have performed together since 1985, while also appearing in solo recitals and concertizing widely with other ensembles. In 25 years as a touring ensemble, the group has achieved unity and graceful interplay as a trio, while highlighting the strength and expressiveness of each individual.

Ensemble Chaconne is a member of the Early Music America Touring Roster, the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Performing and Touring Roster, and the South Carolina Arts Commission's Artists-in Education Roster.

The group has appeared at noted venues including Atlanta's famed Spivey Hall; The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park, Florida; Boston's legendary Jordan Hall; Kenyon College; University of North Carolina at Charlotte; the celebrated Edison Theatre in St. Louis; Bowdoin College, and others. Ensemble Chaconne was chosen for featured concerts at the Royal Shakespeare Company's 2006 residency project at Davidson College, and at the National Meeting of the American Musicological Society in Columbus, Ohio. World-renowned museums including Boston's Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Essex Museum have commissioned the group to perform themed programs for major exhibition openings.

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