Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Spencer Consort presents "Apothéose de Lully: Music from Mount Parnassus"
  • Performance
  • 10/31/2010
  • 14:30-16:00
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
The Spencer Consort will present its fall concert on Sunday, October 31, 2010 at 2:30 PM in the Spencer Museum of Art Central Court. The concert is entitled “Apothéose de Lully: Music from Mount Parnassus,” a reference to a fanciful collection of music by the French Baroque composer François Couperin (1668-1733) where he proposes that the famous French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687) and important Italian composer Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) are brought together on Mount Parnassus by its resident Apollo, the Greek god of music. Apollo wishes to arrange a meeting of the French and Italian musical styles in order to bring about perfection in music. The Spencer Consort will perform the second half of Couperin’s suite, which includes descriptive titles for each piece to help tell the story. The concert will also include works by Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755), Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). The concert is free and the public is invited.

The Spencer Consort plays on instruments that are reproductions of those in use during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, including Baroque flutes, alto recorders, Baroque cello, and harpsichord. The members include: harpsichordist Elizabeth Egbert Berghout, KU Carilloneur and Associate Professor of Carillon and Organ; Joy Laird, a private flute teacher in Lawrence and professional flutist; John Boulton, KU Emeritus Professor of Flute; and Baroque cellist Paul Laird, KU Professor of Musicology. Guest musician for this concert is recorder player Bailey Pike, a KU graduate in musicology.