Music of the season

CLASSICAL MUSIC

December 12, 1996|By Stephen Wigler

Christmas music celebrates the story of a man from Galilei. What better name, therefore, for a chamber music group specializing in the performance of music of the Christmas season than Ensemble Galilei?

The musicians of this felicitously named group actually do much more than perform Christmas music. The specialty of Ensemble Galilei -- which features Erin Shrader on guitar and fiddle, Sue Richards on Celtic harp, Carolyn Surrick on viola da gamba, Sarah Weiner on oboe and Marcia Diehl on bowed psaltery, recorders and penny whistle -- is actually music of the Renaissance. But their four concerts at St. John's College in Annapolis this month will feature Christmas music as well as an ecumenical mix of other kinds of music for the season.

Ensemble Galilei performs in the Great Hall of St. John's College, 60 College Ave., in Annapolis at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; at 8 Dec. 21; and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 22. Tickets are $12- $15 call (401) 267-0908

Pub Date: 12/12/96

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