Washington Early Music Festival 2005 Trefoil


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Trefoil Founded in 2000, TREFOIL is a trio of singer-instrumentalists long active in early music, with experience in such ensembles as Concert Royal, Les Arts Florissants, The Newberry Consort, New York's Ensemble for Early Music, Pomerium, Clarion Music Society, Piffaro, My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, and other groups. Since its founding Trefoil has appeared annually at The Cloisters. Other performances have included Amherst Early Music, the Vermont Millennium Arts Festival, the Museum Series of Providence, the Vermont Millennium Arts Festival, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Trinity Church Concerts, Boston College, the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH, TempleUniversity, Vassar College, Middlebury College, the Neighborhood Music School in New Haven, and the 37th International Congress on Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo. In 2003 the trio made a series of joint appearances with the Folger Concert. This season, Trefoil guested with Piffaro to celebrate the renaissance wind band's 20 th anniversary season in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote of the performance: "Trefoil not only sings the music with accuracy but also colors and inflects it with meaning that takes it out of pure abstraction ... In nearly every piece, you marveled at how many singular musicians stood before you." (10/20/04) Trefoil recently presented a new program, "Flower of Flowers," as part of the New York Early Celebration this past October 2004. Upcoming delights of the 2004-5 season include a recital tour with mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, including both Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center. Trefoil's first recording, "Christo e Nato: Lauding the Nativity in Medieval Italy," is also available on MSR. Available very soon will be "Masters, Monsters and Mazes: Treading the Medieval Labyrinth," also on MSR.

Well-known to early music audiences for over twenty years, Drew Minter has appeared in leading roles with the opera companies of Brussels, Toulouse, Boston, Washington, Santa Fe, BAM, Wolf Trap, Glimmerglass, Nice, and Marseille, among others. A highly regarded specialist in the works of Handel, he appeared in leading roles at the Halle, Karlsruhe, Maryland and Goettingen Handel festivals. He has sung with many of the world's leading early music ensembles, including Les Arts Florissants, the Handel and Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Freiburger Barockorchester, and as a guest at festivals such as Regensburg, Utrecht, BAM's Next Wave, Edinburgh, Spoleto and BEMF. Mr. Minter is a founding member of the Newberry Consort and performs regularly with My Lord Chamberlain's Consort, ARTEK, and the Folger Consort. He has made over 50 recordings on Harmonia Mundi, Decca/London, Newport Classics, Hungaroton and others. Also a lauded opera director, Minter directed the operas at the Goettingen Handel Festival for five years; since then he has directed productions for Caramoor, Lake George Opera, St. Luke's Orchestra, Opera Aperta, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Five Colleges/Northampton, Boston University's Opera Institute, Manhattan School of Music, Mannes School of Music, and Apollo's Fire. Minter writes regularly for Opera News, and is Assistant Professor of Music at Vassar College.

Mark Rimple has been praised for his "splendid" countertenor singing by the Washington Post, and a reviewer for the Chicago Tribune stated that his "technique as a lutenist is fluid and confident, adding a kinetic lift to the ensemble. His considerable assets as a countertenor include a centered, clear tone," and "effortless upper notes capable of pinpoint agility." He is a frequent guest of the Newberry Consort, Piffaro, and The Folger Consort. He is a specialist in the notation of medieval through baroque music and is often invited to teach workshops at Amherst Early Music, the Madison Early Music Festival, Early Music Week at Pinewoods, and the Seattle Early Music Guild, among others. Mark is also an accomplished composer, and holds a DMA in Composition from Temple University, and is an Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Soprano Marcia Young was cited by the Washington Post for her "elegant, dark-hued soprano voice" and "winning mixture of formal restraint and emotional intensity." As a singer and historical harper, she is a regular member of Duo Marchand and My Lord Chamberlain's Consort. She has performed, toured, and recorded with such groups as New York's Ensemble for Early Music, BachWorks, Clarion Music Society, New York Concert Singers, Musica Sacra, and Pomerium. In July 2003 she was named to the faculty of the San Francisco Early Music Society Medieval and Renaissance Workshop. Also a music journalist, she writes frequently for Playbill and gives on-air commentary on classical music nationwide over Sirius Satellite Radio. During the season, she serves as adjunct faculty at Manhattan's Yeshiva University.

Trefoil's performance of music of late medieval spain closes the 2005 Washington Early Music Festival on Sunday, June 26, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Capitol Hill. (Back to Schedule)